Friday, October 20, 2006

Dan Gilbert on Happiness

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An excellent talk on Happiness by Harvard psychology professor. Very much worth the 22 minutes it takes to watch it. (Thanks to Greg Mankiw for the pointer) There's also a recent wall street journal article that's worth reading that follows up with interesting titbits like:
  • The one piece of unhappiness that people never get used to is a bad commute. You can't get used to it because a bad commute is a different kind of hell every day. So the worst thing you can do is to buy a bigger house in the suburbs and get a bad commute out of it. The happiness from having a bigger house dissipates really quickly, but the bad commute's unhappiness stays around forever.
  • People under-estimate the pleasures of socializing, chatting with friends, and otherwise goofing off.
If you know me personally, send me e-mail and I'll dig up the article and forward it to you. Or if you already have a Wall Street Journal subscription, This Link is good for 60 days.

And for those of you who are wealthy (you know who you are), here's a pointer on how to spend that money to maximize happiness.
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