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Life, Death, and John Prine | Pitchfork
“I guess I just process death differently than some folks,” he admits. “Realizing you’re not going to see that person again is always the most difficult part about it. But that feeling settles, and then you are glad you had that person in your life, and then the happiness and the sadness get all swirled up inside you. And then you’re this great, awful candy bar, walking around in a pair of shoes.”
death  songwriting  emotions  happiness  country  folk  music 
april 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Be f*****g nice to each other
‘Flink’ is the Danish word for ‘nice’, and as the son of an American father and Danish mother, Pedersen thinks he understands what the concept is all about.

‘Year after year Danes are rated as the happiest people in the world,’ he writes in the book. ‘But try standing in the supermarket queue on a Monday afternoon or driving during rush hour traffic. Danes can be some of the least tolerant people around.’
behavior  denmark  books  ethics  happiness  psychology 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
One Per Cent: Happier people tweet together
The researchers indeed found that happier people - those recording a high subjective well being - tended to be tweeting and receiving tweets from people who were also happier. The same was true for those who were less happy.

"It turns out that Twitter users are preferentially linked to those with whom they share a similar level of general happiness," says Bollen.
happiness  psychology  behavior  social  twitter  research 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Economic Scene - Blacks Show Strides in Happiness Over Whites - NYTimes.com
"It isn't hard to see how the decline in discrimination improves people's lives above and beyond their pay"
happiness  from twitter
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What the Beatles Reveal About Fame - Newsweek
If Malcolm Gladwell is right, it was the 1,200 live gigs at strip clubs in Hamburg, Germany, that made the Beatles great. But as Doggett proves, it was the particularly corrosive nature of fame that not only broke them up, but made it impossible for them to be in the same room. They never seriously considered getting the band back together, despite offers that hovered at about $1 billion.
music  beatles  design  essay  history  1960s  business  celebrity  happiness 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Stress and worry ebb, happiness grows after 50 | Booster Shots | Los Angeles Times
We all know women live longer, but this survey makes clear it's a little harder on them than it is on men. At all ages, their reported levels of "enjoyment" are lower than mens'. At all ages, their levels of stress and worry are significantly higher than those of men. At all ages, their reported sadness is higher than mens'. Only their levels of anger were the equal of mens' throughout the lifespan.
women  health  research  gender  power  happiness 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Screw happiness - Feminism - Salon.com
Here is what I have deduced so far both from my experiences and from the hissed warnings of those who propel me toward their idea of happiness and simultaneously warn me it will never really be attainable: There will be peaks -- falling in love, seeing new places, enjoying whatever form a family takes, drinking a beer on a warm night, seeing a baseball team win a long coveted pennant. And there will be valleys -- divorces and illnesses, joblessness and money trouble, watching those you love in pain, a ninth inning playoff loss. In those valleys, I'm not sure that it's happiness we first strive for, but rather the power to not get stuck, to move toward just slightly higher ground. A spot within view of a peak will often do just as nicely as a seat atop it.
happiness  psychology  health  attention  beauty  love  family 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
What 2010 Will Be Like: Don't Bank On It (Essay by Chris Gardner, author of "The Pursuit of Happyness") - Speakeasy - WSJ
In case you missed it I’ll say it again in BIG BOLD LETTERS, CASH IS KING!

The only reason to go to a bank is to get a toaster! Do they still give those?

Happy New Year!
business  finance  money  jobs  work  economics  economy  happiness 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Toll taker collects random acts of kindness
When someone's toll gets paid by another driver they're shocked. Sometimes they'll pay for the car behind them, especially at Christmas time. One of the other collectors said this happened once, and it set off a chain of 18 people who paid the toll for the car behind them.
happiness  transit  sanfrancisco  work  altruism  cars  transportation 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
For the Time Being - Happy Days Blog - NYTimes.com
We want enjoyment, we want to avoid pain and discomfort. But it is impossible that things will always work out, impossible to avoid pain and discomfort. So to be happy, with a happiness that doesn’t blow away with every wind, we need to be able to make use of what happens to us — all of it — whether we find ourselves at the top of a mountain or at the bottom of the sea.
life  spirituality  work  ethics  meditation  attention  identity  religion  happiness  washingtonstate 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Well - Divorce, It Seems, Can Make You Ill - NYTimes.com
In a series of experiments, scientists at Ohio State studied the relationship between marital strife and immune response, as measured by the time it takes for a wound to heal. The researchers recruited married couples who submitted to a small suction device that left eight tiny blisters on the arm. The couples then engaged in different types of discussions — sometimes positive and supportive, at other times focused on a topic of conflict.

After a marital conflict, the wounds took a full day longer to heal. Among couples who exhibited high levels of hostility, the wound healing took two days longer than with those who showed less animosity.
marriage  health  science  divorce  communication  friendship  relationships  love  research  happiness  exercise 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Modern Love - Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear - NYTimes.com
The truth feels like the biggest sucker-punch of them all: it’s not a spouse or land or a job or money that brings us happiness. Those achievements, those relationships, can enhance our happiness, yes, but happiness has to start from within. Relying on any other equation can be lethal.
love  relationships  beauty  language  money  happiness  marriage  parenting  divorce 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
America's poor are its most generous givers | McClatchy
When Jody Richards saw a homeless man begging outside a downtown McDonald's recently, he bought the man a cheeseburger. There's nothing unusual about that, except that Richards is homeless, too, and the 99-cent cheeseburger was an outsized chunk of the $9.50 he'd earned that day from panhandling.

The generosity of poor people isn't so much rare as rarely noticed, however. In fact, America's poor donate more, in percentage terms, than higher-income groups do, surveys of charitable giving show. What's more, their generosity declines less in hard times than the generosity of richer givers does.
poverty  money  work  social  religion  behavior  ethics  happiness  spirituality 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Findings - Message in What We Buy, but Nobody’s Listening - NYTimes.com
“Evolution is good at getting us to avoid death, desperation and celibacy, but it’s not that good at getting us to feel happy,” he says, calling our desire to impress strangers a quirky evolutionary byproduct of a smaller social world.

“We evolved as social primates who hardly ever encountered strangers in prehistory,” Dr. Miller says. “So we instinctively treat all strangers as if they’re potential mates or friends or enemies. But your happiness and survival today don’t depend on your relationships with strangers. It doesn’t matter whether you get a nanosecond of deference from a shopkeeper or a stranger in an airport.”
psychology  science  nytimes  marketing  books  biology  friendship  relationships  happiness  death  love  evolution  social 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
What your loneliness is telling you | Salon
"Solitude is a healthy way of being alone with oneself. One engages in an inner dialogue," Dumm says. "One of the things that our culture really tries to discourage is thinking, reflection, seriousness. I think that we have to have more confidence in our ability to be thoughtful people. We spend an enormous amount of time worrying about ourselves, but not an awful lot of time caring for ourselves. Caring for ourselves means thinking very seriously and carefully about the conditions under which we're living our lives, and how others are living theirs, and taking instruction from the way that others have lived their lives."
happiness  identity  social  psychology  holiday  christmas  thinking  health 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Athena Grey - happiness is...(7)
I stood up and stretched. Then I noticed something in my pocket. I pulled out a pinecone, and felt a familiar glow spreading through my fingers. As I went up the stairs, my feet started moving in a familiar dance, and I went up to greet the Sun.
story  spirituality  mythology  religion  happiness 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Strangers May Cheer You Up, Study Says - NYTimes.com
“There’s kind of an emotional quiet riot that occurs and takes on a life of its own, that people themselves may be unaware of. Emotions have a collective existence — they are not just an individual phenomenon.”
sociology  nytimes  happiness  psychology  health  social  friendship  relationships  emotion  research  science 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
France. Sex. Problem? - NYTimes.com
“Prostitution is the last sexual territory owned by men. Men are in control of pleasure and have the right to buy it. Women do not. A lot of my friends are alone, lonely, divorced. They can’t always reinvent themselves with another man and a new family. So I decided to show a female client of a male escort. She’s not a victim. She is a woman who is in control of her life, her feelings, her sexual pleasure.”
gender  sex  culture  europe  film  society  movies  france  women  men  economics  marketing  books  happiness  feminism 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Contributor - Margare Atwood - A Matter of Life and Debt - NYTimes.com
We are social creatures who must interact for mutual benefit, and — the negative version — who harbor grudges when we feel we’ve been treated unfairly. Without a sense of fairness and also a level of trust, without a system of reciprocal altruism and tit-for-tat — one good turn deserves another, and so does one bad turn — no one would ever lend anything, as there would be no expectation of being paid back. And people would lie, cheat and steal with abandon, as there would be no punishments for such behavior.
money  work  ethics  writing  essay  aesthetics  relationships  psychology  altruism  happiness  crime  behavior  culture  history  economics  literature  sociology  finance  rhetoric 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A talk with Antony, on the occasion of his Walt Disney Concert Hall show | Soundboard | Los Angeles Times
"As a singer, I really like to support people. It’s something I got from going to school and singing in choirs. I like singing with other voices. It makes me feel really happy. I like that space were two voices blend together or when it’s a blend of voices. I’m just as happy to sing at the top of my lungs in a big group of people. Oftentimes, that’s an even happier experience to me. That’s just pleasure to me."
music  creativity  social  work  rock  happiness 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Vancouver Magazine: Sad City
"We live in Babel; we are all so different. But in the Downtown Eastside, people tell me that their fundamental desire is not for money but for a feeling of connection and community. People crave that. It’s common to all humans. So in our public spaces, people are going to have to look past the surface. They are going to have to give each other a chance."
cities  urban  vancouver  britishcolumbia  happiness  research  canada  community  public  altruism  volunteering 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Happiness Gap: USC College : News : 2008 : July : Anke Plagnol & Richard Easterlin
"In their analysis, the researchers control for birth cohort and demographic characteristics such as race and education. They find that women are, on average, happier than men in early adulthood — but the glow wears off with time. Specifically, after the age of 48, men’s overall happiness exceeds women’s happiness."
happiness  research  academia  men  women  race  education  science 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Groovy old men: The rise of the silver swingers - Features, Fashion - The Independent
"Philosophically speaking, there's a long tradition of thinking that life isn't a matter of time, calibrated in seconds, minutes, hours and years, but measured in experience. You can have many lifetimes if you do lots of things, and feel lots, and respond lots; if you're open to endeavour and relationships, you can pack in many lifetimes."
aging  men  uk  beauty  fashion  marketing  happiness 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Laurie Anderson Talks About
I kind of just try to have as much fun as possible.

"Each and every day is something new?" "I know it sounds like a children's show ..." "But I said that. You didn't." "I can't help it. I can't help it. You know, I really do think that we're here to ha
music  interview  happiness  creativity  art  nyc  playwriting  writing  rock 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Atlanta: Seventh Borough? Or Circle of Hell? -- Daily Intel -- New York News Blog -- New York Magazine
"[T]heir overall crabbiness implies they are in fact real ex-residents. Because while all New Yorkers may long for space, peace, and happiness, what they really want is to have all that here."
cities  atlanta  georgia  nyc  happiness  urban 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Who Says Kids Make You Happy? | Newsweek Global Literacy | Newsweek.com
"Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it costs anywhere from $134,370 to $237,520 to raise a child from birth to the age of 17—and that's not counting school or college tuition."
happiness  parenting  psychology  research  education  government  money  work 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Ink Q&A - Victor L. Wooten
"What is your idea of absolute happiness?" "Happiness is being content and grateful with where you are and knowing it's still going to get better."
happiness  books  psychology  aesthetics  beauty 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Electrolicious» Blog Archive » How we’ve made it work
"And so now I say things like, 'I’m tired and whiny. Will you pay attention to me and pat my head and tell me it will be alright?' And he does! It works out awesome for both of us."
relationships  marriage  love  friendship  communication  happiness 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sadness may encourage more extravagance - Yahoo! News
"This is a phenomenon that occurs without awareness. This is really different from the idea of retail therapy, where people are feeling negative and want to cheer themselves up by shopping. People have no idea this is going on."
psychology  marketing  business  corporations  economics  research  design  happiness  social  behavior 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Buffalo News: First Sunday: Are You Happy?
"The work you put in on improving your positive outlook could keep you healthier, lengthen your life and make that increased lifespan infinitely more enjoyable."
happiness  psychology  diy  exercise  brain 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Buffalo News: First Sunday: How to Begin /Take our step-by-step self-help guide to being happier
"Here are the positive energy exercises taken on by the people in my story. They worked for them and they could work for you."
happiness  psychology  diy  exercise  brain 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Happiness | Who is smiling? | Economist.com
"[A] poll of 130 countries by Gallup found more people in wealthy places (America, Europe, Japan, Saudi Arabia) consider themselves happy, while those in poor countries (in Africa especially) generally do not."
happiness  polls  research  globalization  psychology 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Nanoseconds Of Happiness - washingtonpost.com
"Better to be a little anxious and on the prowl than to be happy and eaten. After all, our perpetual pursuit of pleasures, such as food, safety and sex, is precisely what keeps the species going."
apple  iphone  technology  psychology  food  sex  happiness 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
George Saunders: When I am dead | Weekend | Guardian Unlimited
"I am thinking of something kind a now-dead friend once said to me. My still-beating heart is filling with quiet pride, and a commitment to do better, to do good. How did he do that, when he's dead? Funny."
death  essay  happiness  writing  relationships  friendship 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Who Americans Are and What They Do, in Census Data
“The distinctive effect of technology has been to enable us to get entertainment and information while remaining entirely alone. [...] the social isolation means that we don’t share information and values and outlook that we should."
information  usa  happiness  demography  aesthetics  identity  journalism  population  sociology  statistics  television  radio  news  newspapers  debates 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYMag: From Singleton to Family of Three in Less Than Two Years
“But you hadn’t asked her to marry you yet!” “We weren’t actively trying to get pregnant. We were, like, if it happens, it happens,”
marriage  children  relationships  nyc  sex  men  women  love  happiness  families 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
The New Yorker: Mind Games: What Neuroeconomics Tells Us About the Brain
“Does it make sense to play tough with a person you meet on a street in L.A.? No. For one thing, you will probably never see that person again. For another, he may pull out a gun and shoot you.”
economics  health  science  social  public  behavior  games  happiness  investing  identity  stress  money 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guradian UK: Anarchy with a smile
"Joy doesn't betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection."
politics  happiness  activism 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Literary Star Who Finds Art in Happiness, Not Pain
"Brain surgeons have this feeling in abundance. It happens to me, but not nearly often enough, a complete evaporation of self-awareness. There ought to be a name for this. You can't really call it happiness [...] at the time you're not even aware of it."
happiness  work 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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