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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

Brain Games & Brain Training Le jour où j'ai cessé de dire "Dépêche-toi" | Rachel Macy Stafford Chaque minute compte dans nos vies modernes et effrénées. On a constamment l'impression qu'on doit cocher quelque chose de notre to do list (choses à faire), qu'on doit vérifier un écran ou un autre ou se presser pour se rendre à notre prochaine destination. Et peu importe comment on divise notre temps et notre attention, peu importe combien de tâches on tente d'accomplir simultanément, on finit toujours par avoir l'impression qu'il n'y a pas assez d'heures dans une journée pour arriver à tout faire. Ainsi allait ma vie pendant deux années totalement frénétiques. C'est que, voyez-vous, la vie m'a fait cadeau, il y a déjà six ans, d'une adorable enfant du type je-prends-mon-temps-rien-ne-presse-regarde-maman-les-jolies-fleurs-tu-veux-les-sentir? Lorsque nous devions quitter la maison en cata, elle prenait tout son temps pour se choisir un sac à main et une tiare. Mon enfant était, pour ma personnalité de Type A, une bénédiction, mais je ne m'en rendais pas compte. Loading Slideshow

how-this-harvard-psycholo_n_3727229 What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many decades, following the lives of real people from childhood until old age, in order to see how they changed and what they learned. And it would probably be too ambitious for anyone to actually undertake. Only, a group of Harvard researchers did undertake it, producing a comprehensive, flesh-and-blood picture of some of life’s fundamental questions: how we grow and change, what we value as time goes on, and what is likely to make us happy and fulfilled. The study, known as the Harvard Grant Study, has some limitations — it didn’t include women, for starters. We spoke to George Vaillant, the Harvard psychiatrist who directed the study from 1972 to 2004 and wrote a book about it, in order to revisit the study’s findings. Love Is Really All That Matters It’s About More than Money and Power Regardless of How We Begin Life, We Can All Become Happier

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.

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

Concord Free Press - Home Pour ou contre le mariage catho ? - La p'tite Blan... Pour ou contre le "mariage catho" ? C'est un sujet sensible, j'en conviens, mais en tant que non-croyante, non-pratiquante, il me paraît important de donner mon opinion sur un sujet qui nous concerne tous, puisque ce qui se joue ici ce n'est ni plus ni moins que l'avenir de notre société. Certains disent que c'est une question d'égalité des droits et que les cathos doivent avoir les mêmes droits que les autres, y compris celui de se marier. Entendons-nous bien, en tant qu'individu, le catho a les mêmes droits que les autres ; les cathos ne sont pas traités différemment et là n'est pas la question. Mais autoriser le mariage catho, c'est autre chose, c'est le refus de l'altérité, c'est s'enfermer dans un schéma de pensée à sens unique. Et derrière tout cela, on le sait bien, c'est un "droit à l'enfant" que veulent obtenir les cathos, comme s'il existait un droit à l'enfant ! Lors d'un mariage laïc, on n'oblige personne à faire des enfants. Prenons deux exemples concrets : Certes.

Secret Fears of the Super-Rich The October 2008 issue of SuperYacht World confirmed it: money cannot buy happiness. Page 38 of “the international magazine for superyachts of distinction”—if you have to ask what it takes for a yacht to qualify as “super,” you can’t afford to be in the showroom—presented the Martha Ann, a 230-foot, $125 million boat boasting a crew of 20, a master bedroom the size of my house, and an interior gaudy enough to make Saddam Hussein blush. The feature story on the Martha Ann was published just as the S&P 500 suffered its worst week since 1933, shedding $1.4 trillion over the course of the week, or about 2,240 Martha Anns every day. Still, one of the captions accompanying the lavish photos betrayed the status anxiety that afflicts even the highest echelons of wealth. “From these LOFTY HEIGHTS,” the caption promised, “guests will be able to look down on virtually any other yacht.” Such complaints sound, on their face, preposterous. “I never forgot the concerns that I learned as a Jesuit.

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.

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.

Main Page La voix de Gilles Deleuze Deleuze - Cinéma cours 31 du 01/02/83 - 2 transcription : Hélène Buhry Bon, alors voilà, je pense à des exemples. J’y pensais l’année dernière mais, si, j’avais donné déjà des exemples, c’est constant dans un cinéma qui, précisément, se sert énormément du procédé de l’ellipse. Et là, c’est facile à opposer, les deux types d’images-actions au cinéma. C’est évident que vous avez des images-actions, et c’est seulement par l’image-action que vous apprenez quelque chose de la situation, ça se voit beaucoup dans les films policiers. Alors qu’est-ce que c’est une image-indice ? Seulement, il n’y a pas que ça, je me dit presque que ça, c’est très important mais c’est trop simple. Donc là, j’avais mes deux pôles donnés d’avance. Est-ce qu’il n’y a pas d’autres indices ? Ou bien c’est les deux situations qui sont illusoires. Ou bien c’est les deux situations qui sont réelles. Et bien c’est que l’action, je reviens à A, ma question porte sur S et S’, qu’est ce qui se passe dans A, là ? Voilà.

What Harvard’s Grant Study Reveals about Happiness and Life In 1966, when he was 32, George Vaillant took over Harvard’s famous Grant Study. The task: track hundreds of Harvard men, from youth to death, and determine what predicts wellbeing. Nearly half a century later, Vaillant lays out his final findings, and discovers that his own maturation is inseparable from the lives he examines. In the early 1940s, two Harvard sophomores named Norman Mailer and Leonard Bernstein were rejected for participation in a study. In his proposal to the university president, Arlen V. Between 1939 and 1946, Bock’s team selected 268 sophomores. Grant withdrew his funding in 1947, and the study sputtered along for the next 20 years. “Some men came to Cambridge to be interviewed, but in most cases I went to them—to Hawaii, Canada, London, New Zealand,” writes the 82 year-old Vaillant in Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study, his final dispatch summing up nearly 50 years of work. “Lives change and things can get better,” writes Vaillant.

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.

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