Wednesday, June 10, 2009

On Happiness...

I've taken a break from my obsession with David Brooks. More pressing matters call.

Nonetheless, he's written some lovely bits on his joint-blog with Gail Collins.

The most important decision any of us make is who we marry. Yet there are no courses on how to choose a spouse. There’s no graduate department in spouse selection studies. Institutions of higher learning devote more resources to semiotics than love.

The most important talent any person can possess is the ability to make and keep friends. And yet here too there is no curriculum for this

The most important skill a person can possess is the ability to control one’s impulses. Here too, we’re pretty much on our own

These are all things with a provable relationship to human happiness. Instead, society is busy preparing us for all the decisions that have a marginal effect on human happiness.

What if David Brooks...and Carolyn Hax...pooled their genes???

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