People tend to get happier as they age, but individuals’ overall well-being depends on the era in which they were born, a new report shows. For example, adults who lived through the Great Depression tend to report lower levels of well-being than those who were raised in more recent prosperous times, researchers say.
“When individuals make judgments about their well-being, those judgments reflect more than just an assessment of the individual’s current situation,” the researchers, led by Angelina R. Sutin of Florida State University, wrote in their report in the journal Psychological Science. “Along with factors such as personality, life events, and demographic characteristics, the sociocultural environment in which individuals grow up may also contribute to ratings of well-being.”
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