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Insight of the Day: The Happiness Chasm: What's Driving Mauritius, U.S, Canada, Uzbekistan, and China's Youth Apart from Their Elders?

Youth Unhappiness Outweighs Elder Satisfaction in Several Countries

A recent World Happiness Report reveals a significant happiness gap between younger and older generations in several countries, challenging the common belief that youth are typically the happiest. This disparity is most pronounced in Mauritius, followed by the U.S., Canada, Uzbekistan, and China.

Key Findings:

  • Mauritius: Youth rank 85th in happiness compared to older adults at 28th, a staggering 57-point difference. High youth unemployment is a major contributing factor.

  • USA and Canada: These countries exhibit a 52 and 50-point gap, respectively, with older adults ranking significantly higher in happiness than the youth.

  • Uzbekistan and China: Both countries have a 49-point happiness gap, indicating a similar trend of higher happiness among older generations.

  • Other Countries: The report also highlights significant happiness gaps in Japan, Mongolia, Algeria, Libya, Singapore, and others.

Factors Contributing to Youth Unhappiness:

  • Economic Concerns: Worries about employment, financial instability, and the inability to afford housing contribute to youth dissatisfaction.

  • Global Issues: Concerns about wars, government policies, and climate change weigh heavily on young people's minds.

  • Post-Pandemic Effects: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased feelings of depression and loneliness among young people.


The findings highlight the need for policymakers and society to address the unique challenges faced by young people. Investments in education, job opportunities, mental health support, and climate action are crucial to bridge the happiness gap and ensure a brighter future for younger generations.

It's important to note that while older adults generally report higher levels of happiness, this does not diminish the significance of youth unhappiness. Addressing the underlying causes of this disparity is crucial for the overall well-being of society.

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