Our ancestors might have been content to simply follow the natural course of life, but we now live in a modern society where improved quality of life is an aspirational goal and often a measuring stick for personal prosperity. Since the concept of quality of life coincided with the baby boom, it has become a culturally engrained benchmark of baby boomers' satisfaction and happiness, defined by their subjective assessments of their lives' accomplishments, experiences, and the accumulation of assets.
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