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Saturday, May 16, 2009

More on Happiness

A couple of years ago, I wrote a short blog post about happiness where I said that happiness = reality - expectations. My basic point was that as long as you have low expectations from things, you are more bound to be pleasantly surprised (and happy) than disappointed.

There's a fascinating piece in The Atlantic about a Harvard study that has been going for 72 years now, following the lives of 200+ men. The paper talks a bit about what variables made for happier people. Below is a short clip of the current leader of the study (for 42 years). I highly recommend people watch it and read the article!