Excerpts from paper by Elizabeth W. Dunn, Daniel T. Gilbert and Timothy D. Wilson
If money doesn’t make you happy, then you probably aren’t spending it right
The relationship between money and happiness is surprisingly weak, which may stem in part from the way people spend it.
We suggest that consumers should
buy more experiences and fewer material goods;
use their money to benefit others rather than themselves;
buy many small pleasures rather than fewer large ones;
eschew extended warranties and other forms of overpriced insurance;
consider how peripheral features of their purchases may affect their day-to-day lives;
beware of comparison shopping; and
pay close attention to the happiness of others.
On point 2, use their money to benefit others rather than themselves:
Choosing to give money away—or even being forced to do so—led to activation in brain areas typically associated with receiving rewards (Harbaugh, Mayr, & Burghart, 2007).
On point 5, delay consumption:
…there is a second reason why “consume now, pay later” is a bad idea: it eliminates anticipation, and anticipation is a source of “free” happiness. The person who buys a cookie and eats it right away may get X units of pleasure from it, but the person who saves the cookie until later gets X units of pleasure when it is eventually eaten plus all the additional pleasure of looking forward to the event.
According to North Korea’s Chosun Central Television, China is happiest place on earth, USA’s most dreadful.
North Korean “Global Happiness Index” ranks China no. 1, USA dead last
China is the happiest place on earth(!!) according to a new global happiness index released by North Korea’s Chosun Central Television. China earned 100 out of 100 points, followed closely by North Korea (98 points), then Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela. Coming in at 203rd place is America (or rather “the American Empire”, 美帝国), with only 3 happiness points. South Korea got a measly 18 points for 152nd place. [Source: Shanghaiist]
Wonder how they measure happiness. Number of smiling posters?
Christmas came early for me and my relative unexpectedly gave me a phone he deemed too complicated to use. It’s free for him after a contract renewal but he much prefers his current phone.
The new phone is one of those slide phones that I have once declared I shan’t be ever carrying. It comes with some GPS whatever and a camera and a USB cable and a nice box. I haven’t really started reading the user guide yet but will do so in a couple of days time.
For some who may know, I’ve been eyeing for a new phone lately. This isn’t close to what I was hoping for but it will suffice. And Claudia, I can pass you back Sony Ericsson quite soon. Wahaha…
That probably explains why I wasn’t as happy as I should be. Turns out, having a sister makes you happier and more optimistic.
Having a sister makes you happier and more optimistic, say psychologists
Growing up with at least one girl in the family also makes people more able to cope with their problems, according to the study.
Daughters tie loved ones closer together and encourage them to communicate their emotions more effectively, the researchers believe.
Prof Tony Cassidy, from the University of Ulster, who carried out the study with researchers from De Montfort University in Leicester, said that having a sister helped to promote good mental health.
He said: “Sisters appear to encourage more open communication and cohesion in families. However, brothers seem to have the alternative effect. Emotional expression is fundamental to good psychological health and having sisters promotes this in families.”
Girls who had sisters also tended to be more independent and keen on achievement, according to the findings. (Source: Telegraph)
I’m a little happy, a little sad too. Basically this blog has the first stream of spam. Now I have 2 spammers per day, previously it was 0. (Then again, the only one blogging and commenting probably is just me so an improvement I guess.) I felt rather encouraged having to log in spotting spam; reason being that it is getting a little popular than last month.
I have a dream that one day this blog will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. I have a dream that my little children will one day read a blog where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Okay that was just slotting “blog” to the speech by Martin Luther King, Jr..
And you think the computer guys know better what a good password would be. Apparently not, as the hacker of Twitter reveals:
Weak Password Brings ‘Happiness’ to Twitter Hacker
An 18-year-old hacker with a history of celebrity pranks has admitted to Monday’s hijacking of multiple high-profile Twitter accounts, including President-Elect Barack Obama’s, and the official feed for Fox News.
The hacker, who goes by the handle GMZ, told Threat Level on Tuesday he gained entry to Twitter’s administrative control panel by pointing an automated password-guesser at a popular user’s account. The user turned out to be a member of Twitter’s support staff, who’d chosen the weak password “happiness.”
Cracking the site was easy, because Twitter allowed an unlimited number of rapid-fire log-in attempts.
“I feel it’s another case of administrators not putting forth effort toward one of the most obvious and overused security flaws,” he wrote in an IM interview. “I’m sure they find it difficult to admit it.” (Source: Wired)
It’s fun while it lasts. Here’s a video to prove he has the admin account:
Today I went for the Zend PHP 5 Certification and passed. Uzyn did it an hour half earlier and he passed too. I slept so little this morning just so I can read this PHP exam study guide. And before I enter the test all I can claim is that I finished the book.
Before we took this PHP 5 cert exam, there was one other guy who did it in this center. I reach there on time:
Me: Afternoon, I have a test at 3 for PHP.
Front desk: PHP?
Me: Exam 200-500.
FD: You taking CCNA?
Me: Nah… The one by Zend.
I tell you she was absolutely clueless. I almost fell asleep doing the questions. I found myself sinking lower and lower into my seat. There was no one in the room, just me and seventy questions.
I probably can’t discuss the PHP exam questions but let’s just say the questions are kinda strange. It’s just not what you would expect. I expected the test to be more about explaining the code kinda thing but that almost didn’t appear at all. CCNA questions are a lot better and open internet (open book) too.
I finished the 70 questions and thinking I would fail. I clicked on the End Exam button, closed my eyes and all that my mind could think about is this red-colored ‘Fail’ word to be displayed.
The certificate would come next month. Congrats to Uzyn too!
My friends have been MSN-ing me saying how the new Facebook design sucks. I just want to say that it rocks and I love the white spaces a lot a lot a lot.
We are just beginning the process of moving people over to the new Facebook and saying goodbye to the old Facebook. The new Facebook has been available for a few months for general use, and we’ve been iterating on it for a long time. We set out to make Facebook simpler, cleaner, more relevant, and easier to control. With your feedback and participation—over 30 million people are now using the new site—we believe we’ve gotten to the best Facebook yet. (Source: Facebook blog)
Looks like the migration has begun. The new design needs some getting used to but at least I can now browse friends whose pages has hundreds of application without hanging my poor browser.