"Life has become better" (Russian: Жить ста́ло лу́чше, tr. Zhit' stálo lúchshe, IPA: [ʐɨtʲ ˈstalə ˈlut͡ʂʂɨ]) is a widespread version of a phrase uttered by former Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin at the First All-Union Meeting of the Stakhanovites on November 17, 1935. The full quote from Joseph Stalin was, when translated into English, "Life has become better, comrades. Life has become more cheerful. And when life becomes more cheerful, work becomes more effective. ... If we lived badly, unattractive, unhappy, then there would be no Stakhanov movement in our country"
In approximately 1936 the words were fixed to the chorus of a song of the same name, with music by Alexander Alexandrov and words by Vasily Lebedev-Kumach. The opening bars of the song and some sequences share a notable resemblance to those of the State Anthem of the Soviet Union, as the two songs had the same composer, and elements of "Life has become better" were used in composing the State Anthem. 
Lyrics of the first verse
|Звонки, как птицы, одна за другой
Песни летят над Советской страной.
|Zvonki, kak ptitsy, odnu za drugoy
Pesni letyat nad Sovyetskoy stranoy.
|Resounding in the air, like birds, one after the other,
Songs fly over the Soviet land.
Весел напев городов и полей -
"Жить стало лучше,
Жить стало веселей!"
Vesel napev gorodov i poley -
"Zhit' stalo luchshe,
Zhit' stalo veseley!"
Beautiful is the melody of towns and fields -
"Life has become better,
Life has become more cheerful!"
- "A. V. Aleksandrov, "Zhit' Stalo Luchshe"". www.cyberussr.com. Retrieved 2017-09-20.