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Two things at the top of my list are my family and my work at AEI. This isn’t exactly a surprise — survey data show that family and meaningful work are two of the most important determinants of happiness for most people.
Why is that? I believe our work and our families are two of the most tangible ways we are reminded that we are necessary. That the people around us rely on us and on the contributions that only we can make. Remembering this is one of the central ways that we can sense our human dignity. It is a great blessing indeed to know we are loved and needed.
If the politics of the last year have proven anything, though, it is that we don’t all share equally in this blessing. Feelings of disaffection, contempt, and isolation are widespread. Many of our fellow Americans feel as though there’s less and less of a place for them in our economy, our culture, and our society.
In a season dedicated to gratitude and generosity, many of us wonder what we can do to help up our struggling brothers and sisters. The impulse has noble roots — but I believe it is the wrong question. Instead of asking “How we can better help struggling people?,” I am convinced we must ask, “How we can rebuild an economy and a society that needs everyone?”
This question is the “why” of my work — and it’s why I am so thankful to work at AEI. Every day, my colleagues and I seek to improve public policy, and by extension, the lives of millions in the United States and around the world. Our expert scholars produce rigorous research with real implications for our country. Their ideas and their work help the leaders of our country learn how to rebuild broken communities, put opportunities for meaningful work within reach for more Americans, and help bring freedom to people around the world so they can earn their success as well.
There are a few recent pieces that I’d especially commend to your interest over this holiday weekend. Whether you’re relaxing on the couch or sweating on an elliptical to atone for your holiday meal, here are just a few recent pieces across a wide array of subjects that might interest you:
This Thanksgiving, we’ll all count our blessings and express gratitude for the gifts in our lives. Let’s also remember — and fight for — those still looking for a place to belong and thrive.
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