Income Disparities May Be Making Americans Unhappy

U.S. News and World Report:

THURSDAY, June 16  — The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else is making many people with middle and low incomes unhappy, researchers have found.

“Income disparity has grown a lot in the U.S., especially since the 1980s,” study author Shigehiro Oishi, a psychologist at the University of Virginia, said in news release from the Association for Psychological Science. “With that, we’ve seen a marked drop in life satisfaction and happiness” among the 60 percent of Americans with low- and middle-class incomes, Oishi noted.

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