Why Are Americans Unhappy?

A startling look at the country's emotional climate—and how the Church is helping.

This article is from Issue 56: Mar/Apr 2012

A recent survey from the Barna Group found roughly one-third of Americans—about 70 million—say they are not living to their fullest potential and/or feel “held back or defined by something in their past.” Thirty percent of adults also acknowledge unresolved emotional pain or conflict in their life.

The most common exception to this unhappy majority were practicing Christians. More often than not, being part of a faith community exhibited positive results in the lives of participants.

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