In some countries, children become richer, safer and healthier. But they are not happy. Causes and solutions?
With the development of modern society, young people in many countries are living a much better-off life than ever before. The fact that they do not feel happier may seem counterintuitive, but I think there are some causes that can explain it.
The first reason is the lack of a sense of purpose. It is often the process of striving for success, rather than the successful result itself, that offers people a feeling of accomplishment. Nowadays, parents usually bestow a well-off life on their children, who consequently do not have to make efforts to acquire wealth, health and safety. Although they do not lack food, clothing or other basics of life, the absence of a job or a role makes them feel worthless.
Secondly, their spiritual life, which is sometimes of more importance in happiness, is poorer in comparison with their material life. Young people tend to place great emphasis on material life, but neglect traditional values. They are becoming more self-centered, showing little respect to other individuals and society. This, in turn, deprives them of the sense of community, which plays an indispensable part in life satisfaction of every social creature.
The answer to this problem, in my view, lies with education. Parents should stop pampering their children, providing less material support than opportunities to fight for themselves. On the other hand, more moral lessons should be taught in school, allowing young people to form balanced attitudes towards life. In these ways, they are enabled to experience the necessary process to find out what is most fulfilling in life.
To conclude, being rich in material does not equate to happiness. Only when they no longer ignore the spiritual side of life can young generations achieve more happiness than before.