“Harlem summer day” – photographer Leonard Freed captures the meaning of life
Legendary psychologist Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, one of the 11 best psychology and philosophy books of 2011, on why moving to California won’t make you any happier
“Despite our global beliefs about lousy Mondays, we conclude that this belief should, in general, be abandoned,” the researchers said.
Scientists debunk the myth that Mondays are the downer of the week, which, like much of pop culture mythology, was originated by the ad industry.
David Allen, author of the modern classic Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.
Is there a biological advantage to being awestruck? Jason Silva synthesizes recent research and opinion.
“We hope. We despair. We hope. We despair. That is what governs us. We have a bipolar system.”
My Wheel of Worry – Andrew Kuo visualizes the things in his life that concern him and his specific feelings about each. On the graph’s innermost ring Kuo shows what causes him anxiety in the moments before sleep (loneliness, death, money, bedbugs, and the new York Knicks); in the middle ring he charts his very specific reactions to his credit card statement; on the outermost ring, what he thinks about as he scratches a lottery ticket. In this chart and others, Kuo brings the graphic language of scientific fact to the irrational emotions associated with everyday life.
In a relationship, one mind revises the other; one heart changes its partner. This astounding legacy of our combined status as mammals and neural beings is limbic revision: the power to remodel the emotional parts of the people we love…
Who we are and who we become depends, in part, on whom we love.
The crux of the question is what is it that we wish to achieve? Measures like Gross National Product (GNP) claim to answer this. We’re expected to be happy when it grows, and worried when it falls. But GNP is actually a very strange measure of anything. It only counts the velocity of the flow of money and stuff through the economy as they change hands in economic transactions. The more money that gets spent, conventional wisdom says, the better off we are.
But are we? If you volunteer at a home for the elderly, you’ve done nothing to increase the GNP. A divorcing cancer patient who gets in a car wreck adds handsomely to the GNP as money goes for insurance, repairs, and medical bills. But is she any better off? Clearly not.
Reframing The Global Economy To Include Happiness – on the effort to shift our measure of social well-being.
Companion read: The Happiness of Pursuit.