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What Makes Us Happy? - The Atlantic (June 2009)

What Makes Us Happy? - The Atlantic (June 2009)
Case No. 218 How’s this for the good life? You’re rich, and you made the dough yourself. You’re well into your 80s, and have spent hardly a day in the hospital. Right? Case No. 47 You literally fell down drunk and died. Last fall, I spent about a month in the file room of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, hoping to learn the secrets of the good life. From their days of bull sessions in Cambridge to their active duty in World War II, through marriages and divorces, professional advancement and collapse—and now well into retirement—the men have submitted to regular medical exams, taken psychological tests, returned questionnaires, and sat for interviews. For 42 years, the psychiatrist George Vaillant has been the chief curator of these lives, the chief investigator of their experiences, and the chief analyst of their lessons. Such bravado had defined the study from the start. Inveighing against medicine’s tendency to think small and specialized, Bock made big promises. Case No. 141

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ONEREPUBLIC - GOOD LIFE LYRICS Good Life lyrics by Onerepublic. Woke up in London yesterday Found myself in the city near Piccadilly Don't really know how I got here I got some pictures on my phone New names and numbers that I don't know Address to places like Abbey Road Day turns to night, night turns to whatever we want We're young enough to say [Chorus] Oh this has gotta be a good life This has gotta be a good life This could really be a good life, good life Say oh, got this feeling that you can't fight Like this city is on fire 'night This could really be a good life A good, good life [Verse 2] To my friends in New York, I say hello My friends in L.A. they don't know Where I've been for the past few years or so Paris to China to Col-or-ado Sometimes there's airplanes I can' t jump out Sometimes there's bullshit that don't work now We are god of stories but please tell me-e-e-e What there is to complain about [Bridge 1] When you're happy like a fool Let it take you over When everything is out You gotta take it in

The Nervous Breakdown I’m wondering if writers in my Generation X age group who contribute their talents to various sites and newspapers, and yet don’t feel like they’re a part of a literary movement, might feel a kinship to this particular piece that I have never shared publicly until now. The Dead Generation is an excerpt from Chapter Nine of ‘Citrus Girl’ (about a third of that chapter). It was written sometime between 1996 and 1998. Could all be drivel. It’s 1996 and I’m thinking about Malcolm Cowley, one of the ‘lost’. And now today’s dead generation—lost, but never forever lost and never completely forgotten—where are their slacker rebel origins? In Generation X literature? It could be any city… And Cowley, he wrote that maybe the young writers of his age weren’t young or foolish enough. In the first half of the 1990s, Steve was in a constant state of: “I’ve gotta divorce my crack-smoking wife.” He finished divorcing his wife a year after he met a girl I like to think of as Cholera at a downtown bar.

Examples of online communities in the TV industry | FreshNetwork We return this week to our series of Online Community Examples. There is a lot of talk about the way ‘old’ and ‘new’ media combine – how newspapers are using Twitter and how television broadcasters and production companies are working with online media. So this week we take a look specifically at examples of online communities in the TV industry Online communities in the TV industry The TV industry has a relatively long history of online communities – both fan sites and sites sponsored by the brand itself. Rate My Space HGTV in the US set up their Rate My Space online community to accompany their broadcast schedule which, as their full name suggests is Home and Garden Television. As we’ve discussed before, simple concepts can often be the best ones in online communities, and so it proved in this case. A further sign of the success of Rate My Space as an online community site is that it has now spun off a TV programme of it’s own. Heroes The Sex Education Show

What is The Good Life Anyway? Everybody wants that thing called “a good life.” Well here’s my question, what does that even mean? Exactly what is it that moves a life from “an average life” to “the good life”? For that matter, who gets to decide what constitutes a good life? If you asked a hundred people those questions, chances are you would get a hundred different answers. But even in the variety of answers, you would find several common areas that are important to almost everybody. Do you feel like you are already living the good life? If the answer is no, then what would it take for you to feel that you were? You are the one whose definition of a good life really matters. Don’t let them do your thinking for you! Advertisers work very hard to convince you that your life just won’t be complete without their product. The truth is that more stuff can actually diminish the quality of our life. Some people are convinced that money is the big difference between an average life and the good life. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

10 Photos Capturing Moments of Spontaneous Badassery It's easy to look badass with careful planning: Whether it's entering a prize fight, acting in intense action scenes with the benefit of careful choreography or just waiting for the crowd to gather before you jump your dirt bike over 16 flaming tigers, the common thread is always planning and forethought. It's a lot harder to come off as a total badass in the heat of the moment, with no warning, no setup and no pretense. Hard, but not impossible: Mildly Amused Riot Guy Clearly, there is some serious shit going down in the foreground of this photo: an altercation, an argument, a dramatic scene or a hurried arrest. It's hard to tell exactly what's going on, but two things are certain: It happened suddenly and it is violently intense. New in Men's Fashion: Rocket Launchers A good fashion sense is nothing if you don't know how to accessorize. P-probably you. Fake! Yeah, there. Disappointing Fire Tornado Image thanks to Mezrin And here we have an angry old testament God practicing his fireballs. » Description You can order The Geography of Bliss at these online retailers: Buy the audio book at New York Times Bestseller 2008 Original Voices Award Winner Quality Paperback Club 2008 New Visions Award WinnerWashington Post ”Best of 2008″ Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” TitleBookSense Notable Book The Geography of Bliss is a tough book to nail down. For years, as a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, I covered a multitude of catastrophes, natural and man-made. Using the ancient philosophers and the much more recent “science of happiness” as my guide, I travel the world in search of the happiest places and what we can learn from them. Is this a travel book? Is this a self-help book? Place.

ohnotheydidnt: 15 Books to read before they hit the big screen 15 Books to Read Before They're Adapted For the Screen 1. One Day by David Nicholls * What it's about: A couple of friends who have a one-night stand and then meet on the same day for the next 20 years; the movie was recently cast.* Who's starring: Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. 2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson * What it's about: The first book in the Millennium trilogy, the story follows a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist who teams up with a computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander to uncover a family secret surrounding a woman's disappearance. 3. 20 Times a Lady by Karyn Bosnak * What it's about: A woman obsessed with the number of men she's slept with — and finding a soulmate among her past lovers. 4. * What it's about: A Depression-era story of a young man who joins a circus and witnesses the cruelty, while falling for one of the trainers. 5. 6. 7. * What it's about: The dramedy follows three Brown University graduates examining their lives post-9/11. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Knacki Ball sublime la loose - Stratégie - On line - e-marketing Knacki Ball (Herta) a souhaité explorer d'autres territoires afin de prolonger sa célèbre signature «C'est bon d'avoir les boules». Pour cela, la marque a développé avec le groupe Ogilvy une nouvelle approche digitale. Dans le détail du dispositif, le développement du blog de la «loose» et l'application Facebook sont signés OgilvyOne, l'influence digitale et l'éditorialisation sont gérées par Ogilvy PR. L'équipe est coordonnée par Ogilvy & Mather, agence historique de Herta. Pour s'occuper du blog, Mr Knacki, personnage créé pour l'occasion, campe sur le site. Chacun a aussi la possibilité de voter pour élire la meilleure histoire. Par ailleurs, Facebook est mis à contribution dans cette opération. Opération Blackboule réussie En juin dernier, le blog a eu 5 670 visiteurs uniques, un peu plus de 20 000 pages vues et des centaines de votes pour le concours de la meilleure «loose» du mois, ainsi que plus de 720 applications Facebook installées. Points clés

TED talk on happiness Pattern Recognition (novel) Pattern Recognition is a novel by science fiction writer William Gibson published in 2003. Set in August and September 2002, the story follows Cayce Pollard, a 32-year-old marketing consultant who has a psychological sensitivity to corporate symbols. The action takes place in London, Tokyo, and Moscow as Cayce judges the effectiveness of a proposed corporate symbol and is hired to seek the creators of film clips anonymously posted to the internet. The novel's central theme involves the examination of the human desire to detect patterns or meaning and the risks of finding patterns in meaningless data. Gibson traveled to Tokyo in 2001 to prepare for this new novel, which takes place in London, Moscow, and Tokyo.[3] He did not travel to London or Moscow but used interviews with friends and internet resources for research.[4] In September 2001 Gibson had written about 100 pages but was struggling to finish. Cayce flies to Moscow to meet Stella in person and watch Nora work.

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This article examines the results of the Grant study, and discusses some of it's merits and shortcomings. A common critique of longitudinal studies is that they are too time consuming and results take a long time, which is why the Grant Study is so ground-breaking. Interestingly, many of the participents lead happy and successful lives, although many suffered from what director GEorge Valliant described as mental illness. Some of the most interesting distinctions I found were that exersice as a young adult effects later mental health more than physical health, and alchoholism is a precursor for other issues in one's life, not a coping mechanism. Also, Valliant found that relationships were easily the most important factor in one's overall happiness. by brittanyacooper Feb 25