At what time in history were people happiest?

I agree with the other replies.

As a complement, I would like to say that we can be bad, happy.But that’s because we don’t know how to do it. Duh. You can only be good at something if you have experience with it, and if you learn from your experiences, and if you grow and develop. There is time to sit.

A lot of time.

And so much time we just haven’t had it yet.Since the years ‘ 80 it is more normal to go into therapy. Hello. That’s SHORT! If you look at how long mankind already exists, and how long we now live in communities, and how long we now live in an industrialised community, then 40 years is just really short. Far too short to be able to say “there are few people who are happy with the pursuit of happiness.”

It is precisely the pursuit of happiness which means that we will be getting better at it.

Have a look at what we now know about child education.How did our grandma’s do that? With the hard hand, often. And with very little understanding of and for the delicate children’s soul. Just over a hundred years ago, the laws were only introduced that children had to go to school. That is an instant, in human history. We cannot expect to be good at it.

But I think we can expect to be good at it.That will not go quickly, and not without a blow or punch. But this is a development that is going on and will not stop.

So, at what time were people happiest?Right away. And that will only get better. More and more people will increasingly be happier.


‘ Happiness ‘ is a luxury that we cannot afford until the present time.For much of our history, people had too little free time to work on that issue. People survived. They were, as it were, happy if they had a meal together, because that was not obvious. Those people would be very happy from our supermarkets-but I don’t know anyone who becomes happy today-the-day from supermarkets. We make our demands a little higher-and we are not really happy about that.

Noteworthy: Suicidal is a ‘ Western ‘ phenomenon (with some exaggeration).If prosperity and free time increases (and social bonds decrease), the suicide rates also increase. In poor countries or countries where a repressive system prevails, suicidal is very little.

Happiness is not seen as a chronic feeling-and no one can be happy full time.Happiness consists of lucky-smoments. And from the pursuit of happiness, few people are happy.

That is a very difficult question, because it is difficult to define happiness.I think that, despite all the problems we have today, we are the happiest today.

Actually, it is quite simple: until recently, the most important part of the population, almost everywhere in the world, was very poor.There were a few empires, but the vast majority of the population had a miserable existence. Every day was a struggle for survival.

There is of course the ‘ epidemic ‘ of depressions and other disorders, which I think can be explained by two factors.On the one hand, the lack of external meaning: religion is becoming less of a factor, the family is becoming less of a fixed value (which is not necessarily a bad thing), and steady work is becoming rarer. On the other hand, there is simply much more attention for depression. The two factors I have mentioned are therefore important, but they do not outweigh the benefit of the greater and more evenly distributed prosperity.

Probably in the period before the Neolithic revolution when people still lived in small groups as a hunter-collector.This is 90% of the history of mankind.

With the establishment of agricultural cultures, health deteriorated, had to work longer, and there were power and prosperity differences in which elites were on the labour of ordinary people.Slavery and other unfreedoms have been introduced.

It was only with the industrial revolution that life expectancy and health increased again and more individual freedom came.The happiest societies now are those societies where the economy is developed and where there is relatively a lot of free time besides a good care system. North Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand belong to this. The US (developed but less free time and a bad care system) do not belong there.

Genetically, man is still equipped with a hunter-collector existence.The situation after the Neolithic revolution is “unnatural” and can therefore work in the hand of alienation. This out itself in a decreased feeling of happiness.

What a damn is that.I haven’t translated anything at all, but I don’t get that away. Bartram has given a fine answer, but not this.

There is a cartoon by Charles M. Schultz (Peanuts/Charlie Brown/Snoopy) in which Lucy (the Bassy girl) responds to a remark that we now know good and less good times with:

* * I want my life to be all Ups, no Downs! * *

Only when I saw it so I realized that I wanted to do that, just like Lucy, and that of course it is impossible, because then your life would be very flat, which Schultz made great clear.

Back to the question: at what time in history were people happiest?

In general, it is in the period after a disaster that is actually (or seems) averted.

For example after a war terminated with a reasonably stable peace. Our own golden age is an example of this. Also the time we live now. WW I and II and the Cold War are over. The people who have experienced this are happy. The people who have not experienced this, the ZG. Millennials, not, but still reap the fruits of that peace and the economic blossoming as a result. A Next generation (post-millennials?) regards those peace and prosperity as normal and, like Lucy, will want her own Ups, Ups, Ups to be happy. Becomes difficult…

That also explains immediately why that happiness is not evenly distributed across the world.The people of Gaza and the West bank and indeed the whole of the Middle East will not have a stable peace until the land, water and overpopulation problem is ‘ solved ‘ in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the oil reserves are no longer a source of International rivalry between superpowers and a source of have and retention of local rulers. For the time being.

We have been periods, many even, that wars between princes were continually fought, including terrible fighting methods, which did not lead to a large and widespread misfortune, but that is because it was not total wars.If you are immune from the plague and 50 kilometers further on one side, a rival city after a short siege to another duke and fifty kilometers to the other side is a plague outbreak, then that is the first news of much less The threat of that second.

Happiness is always a result of a history.Our time is also such a result that only because of the rule of law is objectively better than all previous results, so also the most happiness spends.

‘, ‘ Happiness is a culturally defined phenomenon.Do you move yourself to a more natural level, so animal, can we then speak of happiness? Is a dog happy? A bird? A hedgehog? An ant? We do not know, but what we do know is that they do not do more than they can. And if an animal has fulfilled its primary needs-food found, is equipped, has planted itself, then you can probably say that it is satisfied. Is that the same as happy?
Since G_d has conceived it so, man has detached himself from the animal kingdom and the term happiness is also placed a step above the simple ‘ satisfied ‘.This moment coincided with the complexity that the society began to characterize and in which language, hierarchy (class), possession, and division of labor were going to play an ever greater role and something like rivalry (I want to be better than he) drove people to the Pursuit of wealth, respect (honor), relative to others. Whoever reached that, most likely experienced something that we now call ‘ happiness ‘. And that’s what you see right away: Happiness is a relative notion. Someone who owns a house in a world in which everyone was still living in caves, probably felt the happiest man on Earth at that time, but when everyone lived in houses a while later, you had to possess at least one castle to the same lucky level to fetch.
Nowadays happiness is often identified with the notion of freedom.Freedom, in turn, also has many guises. For some, it mainly means having to have a lot of money, because with money you can do what you want, and that is really freedom. For others it means not having to work or owning as few as possible, because then you have less worries. Also something like ‘ Follow your path, ‘ ‘ complete yourself, ‘ or just find work that suits you ‘, indicates the search for happiness. And-oh yes-we can only marry a little over a hundred years with someone we have fallen in love with instead of our parents figuring someone for us. In all cases, we must realise that this particular notion of happiness is strongly linked to this time in which feelings are the overtone, unlike the iron frameworks that were by the tribe, family, religion, class and (personal) honor Which each should adhere to. So you can say that happiness is greatly democratized and unleashed. What makes you happy, you decide.
Are we completely free and happy?Well No… In the place of tribe, religion, family, etc. Is there now the pressure of the consumer society, the subculture and not to mention the murding performance urge and competitive battle with others. You better (= richer, smarter, faster, etc.) want to feel than another, is probably still more pregnant than we want to believe. The democratized society-fueled by social media-sometimes turns out to be as cruel and judicious as her to tradition-pending ancestors. People with possession and/or talent are put on a pedestal to serve for example to others and to pull us up, to turn off or turn on better, whether we can or not. For some, this works positively, but not for everyone. Luckily for the Raiders there is still the status of ‘ fan ‘, those who along the sidelines applaud the winners and derive their own kind of feeling of happiness.

“,” People were happiest before the development of agriculture.Happiness is a feeling generated to accompany us in survival, and in the time we survived as our genes meant it had in the wild the idea of our body was a bit that happy people are best, the most motivated to stay Survive. However, the big disadvantage of living in the wild is that your children are dying regularly, and that is the most terrible thing a mammal can befall. So the stable food supply that the agriculture offered was in any case something more common, only in the further daily life was agriculture not quite what we were prepared for, and so what our happiness offered. Nowadays, the city, the complex cooperative, offers a more pleasant way of surviving, in the sense that our immediate needs are often fulfilled, but general happiness has not become the standard because our body does not understand it.

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