Why the American Happiness Formula is Making Our Kids Depressed

The American Happiness Formula is a simple equation. Look Good + Perform Well + Get Approval = Happiness. Author Jonathan Hewitt, high school state wrestling champion, former model, and Wall Street intern knew the happiness formula well and followed it for a large portion of his life without ever realizing that ultimate goal of actual happiness. He wasn’t the only one. Studies show that children today are more depressed than children were during either the Great Depression or World War II. Psychology professor Jean Twenge, from San Diego University, has performed research that shows a child’s anxiety level is more greatly affected by the time period they were born in than family environment.

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Book cover - The Happiness Trap Author Russ Harris