Posts Tagged: happiness
I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge.
Brain Pickings shares with us a beautiful little vignette from Willa Cather’s masterpiece, My Ántonia, describing happiness in a perfect and simple way: with a character lying in the sun....more
Critical theorist Mari Ruti writes about how humans may not be built for happiness:
“If all of that isn’t enough to make you suspicious of the cultural injunction to be happy, consider this basic psychoanalytic insight: Human beings may not be designed for happy, balanced lives.
Even without a government shutdown, writers are not usually known to be a happy bunch.
“Writers are too neurotic to ever be happy,” author Connie Willis once said.
It is often necessary for writers to dwell in certain worlds and mindsets in order to get their message onto the page....more
“So what to do? The central paradox of the machines that have made our lives so much brighter, quicker, longer and healthier is that they cannot teach us how to make the best use of them; the information revolution came without an instruction manual....more
Science and philosophy are the academic parents of the social sciences, which is interesting considering the current obsession with happiness. There’s always an updated study on what (or what doesn’t) make human beings happy, from the psychological/sociological perspective, always backed up with empirical evidence....more
A study published in this month’s Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine suggests that bookish teens tend to be less depressed than those who immerse themselves in the trendy deluge of mainstream media.
The act of reading requires creativity and mental engagement that may be harder for depressed people to handle, rather than mindlessly listening to pop-music....more