Can being wealthy bring happiness? Yes, it can, but only for a little while. Read on to learn the secret to happiness. ©iStockphoto.com/btrenkel One should be skeptical of anyone with a ready answer to a question like, "What's the secret to happiness?" Emotions -- and happiness in particular-- are very subjective. Cresting a hill on a rollercoaster is a happy occasion for some and a nightmare for others, for example. If happiness is subjective, how can we ever qualify it enough to understand what leads us to happiness? Most researchers have found that simply asking people what makes them happy works best. By surveying everyday people and aggregating the data, members of fields as disparate as social psychology, epidemiology and economics have come up with what many see as a better understanding of what makes us happy. The secret of happiness, it would appear, isn't much of a secret anymore. One of the early conclusions researchers in the field of happiness arrived at … [Read more...] about What is the secret to happiness?
The happy secret to better work
It seems entirely natural that A Series Of Unfortunate Events would find itself at a carnival. The setting—a once happy place now fallen into disrepair, a ghost of its former self stuck shuffling forward until it finally realizes it’s dead—is a perfect locale for the Baudelaires’ misadventures. The only real surprise is the lack of clowns. Actually, check that, there’s more than just one surprise here, and the first is maybe the most unexpected: a flashback to before the Baudelaires were born, when V.F.D. was at its peak and many people who are now dead were still alive. It’s the clearest glimpse we’ve had yet of the secret organization that was the start of so many of the current troubles, and while we don’t stay long enough to get a complete story, the hints are enough to tantalize. We see several familiar faces, and Lemony in his element; we also learn that “Olaf knows,” and linger just long enough to see the Count charging … [Read more...] about The Baudelaires head to a carnival as
It’s truer in 2018 than it was in 2017, or 2016, or 2015: Any survey of the year’s best TV can only provide a tiny sampling of the finest the medium had to offer. The perception of this particular year is that it was one characterized by good, not great programming—to which the TV critics of The A.V. Club offer, as a rejoinder, the number of worthy shows that aren’t on the list below. Please spare us the reminders of those we didn’t include; their ghosts and the second thoughts they conjure are already plenty haunting. Instead, revel in a year of television that introduced us to infatuated assassins and fatuous scions of wealth, expanded the worlds of its comedies to previously inconceivable bounds, and gave the best show of the decade the ending (and the musical coda) it deserved. And while you’re at it, give thanks to the reconciling sisters and bewildered military veterans who kept their dramatic exploits from running over the 30-minute mark. … [Read more...] about The best TV of 2018
Residents of Denmark are consistently ranked among the happiest in the world. LeoPatrizi/Getty Images Denmark is famous for being the "happiest country in the world." Its stereotype is that of a semi-socialist paradise where healthcare is free, students are paid by the government to go to college, and the national pastime is cuddling in front of a roaring fire with a glass of red wine and a good book. In 2017, Denmark was bumped from the top spot in the World Happiness Report by neighboring Norway, but Danes have ranked No. 1 in happiness for three of the past five years. Nordic countries have ruled the world happiness rankings since the first World Happiness Report came out in 2012, and this year is no different. All five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) ranked in the top 10 based on six key criteria: freedom, generosity, health, social support, income and trustworthy governance. Even though GDP is higher in the United States than all Nordic … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us
Choosing the best job can be daunting, but does your happiness fall only in your hands or are there other factors that you can't control? Yuri Arcurs/Thinkstock "Choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life." -- Unknown Great quote, and while it makes sense, it's probably not practical for most workers — after all, someone has to tackle those tasks that no one really wants to do. For the vast majority of workers, it's much more realistic to simply find a job where you can make a good living, and if possible, to make it through each day with a smile on your face. But can you really predict workplace happiness simply by choosing the right industry? While a couple of surveys show recurring themes, the link between happiness and industry can change depending on who you ask. A 2013 survey by Career Bliss which focused on midlevel workers — not CEOs and low-wage employees, but largely blue- and white-collar workers — found that the happiest … [Read more...] about Does any one industry have the happiest employees?