American optimism, longevity, and the role of lost hope in deaths of despair

The American Dream, which is essentially a story of optimism about the future, is fading for many. The signs are evident in our politics, in our deteriorating social cohesion, and, tragically, in our mortality rates. We are the only rich country in the world where mortality rates are going up rather than down. And that … Continue reading American optimism, longevity, and the role of lost hope in deaths of despair