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Thursday 133

A long good life

Filed under: Mind, Science, Society — Tags: , — zundel @ am

and a very good long read. The best article I have read in some time:

What Makes Us Happy?” by Joshua Wolf Shenk in The Atlantic Monthly June 2009

the story of a father who on Christmas Eve puts into one son’s stocking a fine gold watch, and into another son’s, a pile of horse manure. The next morning, the first boy comes to his father and says glumly, “Dad, I just don’t know what I’ll do with this watch. It’s so fragile. It could break.” The other boy runs to him and says, “Daddy! Daddy! Santa left me a pony, if only I can just find it!”

I want to want a pony. Sadly, I have done otherwise.

“On the bright side,” he has written, “reaction formation allows us to care for someone else when we wish to be cared for ourselves.” But in intimate relationships, he continued, the defense “rarely leads to happiness for either party.”

Yup.

Wednesday 344

More smiling

Filed under: Society — Tags: — zundel @ am

Social Networks and Happiness” by Nicholas A Christakis and James H Fowler in Edge 2008-12-05

It thus seems to be the case, online as well as offline, that when you smile, the world smiles with you.

Friday 339

Happy day

Filed under: Society — Tags: — zundel @ pm

New reason to be happy: It may go a long way” by Carolyn Y Johnson in The Boston Globe 2008-12-05

“It is sometimes said that you can’t be happier than your least happy child. It is truly amazing to discover that when you replace the word ‘child’ with ‘best friend’s neighbor’s uncle,’ the sentence is still true.”

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