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Interesting article on happiness research

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Interesting article on happiness research

Postby Ben » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:49 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Interesting article on happiness research

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:17 am

Hi, Ben,
You may well be able to track down the research that article is based on. Journalists usually work from press releases for short pieces like that, or else from recently published scientific journal articles. Either way, googling the researchers' names plus any significant words will usually get you a result.
(Sometimes also gets you supplementary material which is as good as the original.)

Happy hunting!
Kim

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Re: Interesting article on happiness research

Postby daverupa » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:39 pm

From the article:

"Neither the very happy nor the very unhappy contribute as much to society as those who are somewhere in between."

Using Google Scholar, I found :

"This paper offers new findings which support the hypothesis that a causal link from happiness to social capital might exist. The paper exploits the very long German socio-economic panel of around 15000 people. Using the prospective study methodology, it finds that happier people contribute more to social capital. Both parametric and nonparametric results suggest that there exists an inverted-U shape relationship between happiness to social capital. Moreover, optimism appears to be an important channel through which happiness is linked to social capital. The paper also presents residual happiness as a measure of optimism which might be a valuable tool for empirical researchers. The results are robust to inclusion of various controls including the initial level of social capital, random sampling, non-linearity, different measures of social capital, and estimation techniques."

The article's headline and provocative first paragraph are misleading.

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Re: Interesting article on happiness research

Postby Ben » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:49 pm

Thanks Dave

Even for an esteemed publication such as The Age, I would have been surprised if the newspaper didn't sensationalize or exagerate some aspect to attract interest. They're certainly not Robinson Caruso in that department!
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Interesting article on happiness research

Postby Jhana4 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:11 pm

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Postby Ben » Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:02 am

Thanks Ming.
One of the reasons I'm interested in the study is because of the nature of happiness as defined by Buddhist literature and experienced via praxis in contrast to happiness as defined (if tacitly so) by our secular modern consumption-centric social expectations and behaviours.
I think its an interesting area.
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Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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