• No, we were much happier 25 and even 50 years ago. I know I was happier when I was young back in the 1940s even during the war.
    • Linda Joy
      Times were simpler then. But my childhood was not a happy one overall I'm much happier now. But I don't think most people are.
    • Thinker
      I can't say my childhood was always happy. My parents fought seemingly all the time. My sister (7 years older) and I generally had a good relationship. I did become withdrawn into my own life and have relied mostly on my own. Through it all though as you said times were simpler then and good.
  • Well 25 to 50 years ago people were not as spoiled as they are today. There were jobs which were outsourced since due to computers. Also I was much younger back then and was happier today not as much. Everybody I knew is gone including my family so yes to the question. I think if you go back 200 years ago life was easier. Today everybody is to thin skinned and make things to complicated.
    • Linda Joy
      Yes many loved ones are gone now. But my life is less complicated. I think 200 years ago life was way harder than it is now. In reality I guess you get used to whatever life you're in.
    • mushroom
      For example, if this were 1819, you'd still have to wait another four years to catch the first bus. But you'd have to do it in France.
  • no, i think they were happier back then
  • depends on the person, everyone is different
  • I would be inclined to say the past, yet in presence there is this, always-available unconditional happiness that does not depend on conditions.
    • CelesteLeeFKAC*
      You might be on to something,there. You pointed out something that I have forgotten. :)
    • Linda Joy
      You can also be selective about which memories you choose to entertain. But this question was more about whether abundance, money, technology has improved our lives or cluttered/complicated them. Still there are many ways it can be answered, as you demonstrated.
  • No,that is such a myth. There was just as much war,and more famine. Lots of things to be miserable about!
  • It's all a matter of perspective. I might say better 25 years ago (25 years younger is a plus) but someone else might disagree. It's subjective to each person.

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