Listen to Gregg Easterbrook talk about his book The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse at Econ Talk:

Easterbrook on the American Standard of Living

“How has life changed in America over the last century? Is the average person getting ahead or are the rich taking all the gains? Easterbrook argues that life is better for the average American in almost every dimension. The paradox is that despite those gains, we don’t seem much happier.”