Blurkel recently pointed out the lack of appreciation he gets for a lifetime of work. It apparently comes from both his wife and children. Why is this so often the case in general these days? One idea that I have is that modern people in first world countries no longer face issues of survival. Problems related to this are a memory from the distant past. Perhaps this situation consequently breeds a sense of entitlement to take its place; one that eats away at any chance of contentment.
When I was a child, there was never any real issue with survival even though we did not have much money. But I could sense the vibes from my parents and grand parents, all who survived the Great Depression. And from this came an appreciation for every day that came without major issues. I still have this perspective.
People in third world countries have this perspective, and they are often the happiest people in the world. Perhaps there is something to this idea.