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From NY Times: According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, you have a happiness set point. It’s partly encoded in your genes. If something good happens, your sense of happiness rises; if something bad happens, it falls. But either way, before too long, your mood will creep back to its set point because of a really powerful and perverse phenomenon referred to in science as “hedonic adaptation.” You know, people get used to things.
From Gretchen Rubin: It means, always be able to leave when you want. Drive yourself to a party instead of getting a ride, so you can leave when you’re ready. Try to go to someone else’s house, or a public place, instead of having people over to your house, because there’s nothing worse than seeing someone lean back and cross their legs when you’re ready to go to bed. Or else have people over to your house before some event – before a dinner reservation or a movie – so you have to leave by a certain time.
Gretchen Rubin interviews Andy Borowitz, editor of The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion.
From FastCompany: Frank Partnoy describes himself as an inveterate procrastinator — and the banker/lawyer/author is not convinced that’s a bad thing. His book Wait: The Art and Science of Delay is an investigation into his own habits of prolonged decision-making and the shortsightedness that pervaded crisis-era finance. Fast Company talked with Partnoy about when to make decisions, how to manage time, and why better-paid people are less happy.
From FastCompany: If we’re going to remake our economy to increase well-being for all people, we would do well to include these 10 new tenets of economic freedom. This is excerpted from What’s The Economy For, Anyway? — a book by John De Graaf and David K. Batker that looks at how the economy can create “the greatest good for the greatest number over the long run.”
From FastCompany: Increased economic growth doesn’t necessarily lead to more fulfillment. So why do we consider GDP to be the most important factor? In an excerpt from The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality, Richard Heinberg argues it’s time to start paying more attention to national happiness instead.
From FastCompany: As work becomes our lives, it becomes more and more important for us to be happy at work. But few of us are. A revolution in workplace happiness would make us healthier and more productive. How can we get there?
From Gretchen Rubin at the Happiness Project: In 1960, journalist Gordon Young asked Jung, “What do you consider to be more or less basic factors making for happiness in the human mind?” Jung answered with five elements.