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Decoding “Happiness” in Gen Z

April 10, 2024

Learning what makes Gen Z happy is essential to understanding this generation, their needs, and how we can better support them.

New first-of-its-kind polling from Gallup, the Walton Family Foundation, and Dr. Arthur C. Brooks, shows that 3 in 4 Gen Zers consider themselves happy. But much of that happiness is contingent upon feeling they have a purpose in school or work, suggesting that our education system has a significant impact on happiness levels.

Within K-12, less than half of Gen Zers feel motivated to go to school. Only 52% feel they do something interesting every day. This lack of motivation is no doubt leading to decreased levels of happiness and learning. School leaders, teachers, parents and others stakeholders can gain insights from this polling that will help them better support Gen Zers.

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