Monday, August 1, 2011

Happier Than Thou?

According to a recent Parade magazine article called "Sunny Side Up," I should be very happy. A couple of factoids from the article:

  • Reading a book makes you happier than watching television. It doesn't matter if it's news or sitcoms, and it holds true even if the book is sad. Well, I should be verrry happy.
  • Working in your yard makes you happier than doing home improvements, shopping or watching television. Go gardeners!
  • Listening to any type of music you enjoy will make you happier. (I could have told them that.)
  • Optimists are no more likely to be happy than pessimists, and may be happier because they have lower expectations.
There are a couple of things I don't do right (and reading this article didn't help): People who spend their time thinking about how happy they are, it turns out, are less happy. And fish oil supplements -- supposedly, "studies have found that daily fish oil can be as effective as prescription drugs in treating depression."

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