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The Relentless Rise Of Global Happiness

05/12/2014 08:45 am ET | Updated May 12, 2014
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The last few years have brought their share of tragic and miserable events: war in Syria, violence across central Africa, floods and tsunamis, and a global financial crisis. The U.S. has been spared major cataclysm, but the news hasn’t been particularly uplifting, given an anemic recovery, growing inequality, and mounting environmental stress—exacerbated by political gridlock. It’s thus not a huge surprise that, according to a new global survey, Americans report themselves a little less happy in the past.

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