Friday, April 9, 2010

happiness

Op-Ed Columnist - The Sandra Bullock Trade - NYTimes.com: "The daily activities most associated with happiness are sex, socializing after work and having dinner with others. The daily activity most injurious to happiness is commuting. According to one study, joining a group that meets even just once a month produces the same happiness gain as doubling your income. According to another, being married produces a psychic gain equivalent to more than $100,000 a year." (via Tennyson McCalla)

The essay's not completely trustworthy because it's by David Brooks, who hasn't managed to share his wealth for the general happiness, but overall, it's a decent look at what makes us happy.

No, that list isn't for everyone.

Yes, it's another reason why it's wrong to prevent any adult from marrying another.

I will quibble with his numbers. Emma's worth mega-bajillions a year.

ETA: I do wonder if Brooks will dare review The Spirit Level. The happiest nations are those with the greatest level of economic equality.