As an exercise, Dr. Miller asked readers of the blog to list the 10 most expensive things they had ever bought, and then list the 10 purchases that had brought them the most happiness. More than 200 responded. As we expected, many people rued spending lots of money for stuff that hadn’t brought them joy. Boats seemed to have particularly low utility in delivering happiness per dollar; many cars fit that category, too, and so did many expensive weddings.
But we were struck by how much overlap there was between the most-expensive list and the most-happy list.” —Calculating Consumer Happiness at Any Price
A Swedish couple believe so strongly that gender is a social construction that they do not reveal whether their 2.5-year-old is a boy or a girl. “We want Pop to grow up more freely and avoid being forced into a specific gender mold from the outset.”
Only those who have changed the toddler’s diapers know if “Pop,” which is not the child’s real name, is male or female. “We want Pop to grow up more freely and avoid being forced into a specific gender mold from the outset,” the tot’s 24-year-old mother told the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. “It’s cruel to bring a child into the world with a blue or pink stamp on their forehead.”” —The baby’s a…we’re not telling!
As a society, we developed competing priorities: We at once revere the institution of marriage but put personal fulfillment above almost all else.
‘“We want to be partnered up and married, but after we’re married, we judge our relationships in a very personal way,” explains Cherlin, who is on his second marriage. “We keep asking ourselves ‘Am I happy? Am I getting what I need?’ And if the answers one day come back negative, we’re more likely to leave a relationship.”” —What’s Going Down on the ‘Marriage-Go-Round’?
It’s hard to say when any one street in a city begins to regain its former luster or a new life. But if investment in a recession is any indicator, Mission Street is on the move.
In the last three years, at least nine new businesses, mostly restaurants serving everything from fresh pie with organic ingredients to Mexican mole, have appeared in the 10-block stretch of Mission Street from 16th to 26th. Six of those opened in the last four months including The Corner, a California/Italian, small plate café and Specchio, an Italian place with thin pizza and homemade pasta on the menu.” —Mission Street is on the come up