In a recent poll, those aged 18-34 said that their "individual freedoms" were "the best" or "above average" in America, compared with other industrialized nations. But those views diminished considerably when Americans were asked about their health care and economic systems.
We tend to think that medical decision making discussions are primarily for the elderly or for those with cancer. Yes, they need to plan, but this blog is directed at the rest of you who have completely ignored this issue.
Whether it's slowing down, simplifying, volunteering locally or getting interested in corporate social responsibility, it all comes down to some questions about life that have become sharper in these more uncertain times.
The need for love and intimacy is a fundamental human need, as primal as the need for food, water, and air. Yet because of the breakdown of social networks in the past 25 years, this need often goes unfulfilled.
Not a single one of us can go through life angry at others for not handling situations the way we would have handled them. I can't possibly cope with debating each and every person I disagree with -- no one can.
Uruguay is as secular as Switzerland or Germany, and it just legalized abortion. Given that poorer countries are generally more religious, one would expect Uruguay to be more devout than Germany. Why is religion so weak there?
Gross Domestic Product, better known as GDP, is the market value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given period. That's why GDP per capita is widely used as a summary indicator of living standards in a country.
Is the loss of religious belief something fear? Contrary to the claims of religious leaders, Godless countries are highly moral nations with an unusual level of social trust, economic equality, low crime and a high level of civic engagement.
While we should be deeply concerned about the inability of our economy to generate sufficient employment, and most Americans are concerned about the economy, most people do not see a crisis. How do Americans in 2012 feel about their quality of life?
What do you consider a good quality of life? For me, it's living in a place I love, being healthy, having good friends, loving what I do for a living, paying my bills and having enough money for what I want -- and I don't need a lot.
If it drains you in too many ways to count, is a higher paying job really more valuable to you? Can we assign a dollar value to the restorative powers of a vacation with friends, or the satisfaction you feel from having time to pursue interests outside of the office?