This article was originally published in BNN.

Recent studies show Americans are optimistic about their personal future yet pessimistic about national prospects. Mental health plays a pivotal role.

Recent studies have highlighted a growing concern among Americans regarding the nation’s future, with a significant disparity between personal and national optimism. Surveys by Pew Research Center and Wall Street Journal-NORC have uncovered a bleak outlook for the United States’ economic strength, global significance, and political unity by 2050, alongside a prevailing pessimism about the prospects for the next generation. In contrast, research conducted by the Archbridge Institute’s Human Flourishing Lab, in collaboration with NORC at the University of Chicago, paints a different picture at the personal level, where hopefulness substantially prevails.