November 22, 2008

happiness unplugged

Today's big news:

~Watching TV is for gloomy droopy sadsacks.
~Going to church makes people happy.

The New York Times says so.

Quoting a new study from the University of Maryland:

“We looked at 8 to 10 activities that happy people engage in, and for each one, the people who did the activities more — visiting others, going to church, all those things — were more happy,” Dr. Robinson said. “TV was the one activity that showed a negative relationship. Unhappy people did it more, and happy people did it less.”

Me? Well, I guess I'm beyond happy. Golly, I'm giddy jolly jubilant. Because I don't even know which remote turns our TV on. Not a clue. And that DVR thingy? Hahaha.

Please do go read it. (After all, you do want to be happy, don't you? Well, the NYT article just happens to mention that reading newspapers makes people happy, too. That made me laugh, and since I was laughing while reading their paper, I guess that means they're right.)

At any rate, it's short and it will probably make you feel like you are doing a few things right, after all. And that will definitely make you happy, right?

What Happy People Don't Do - NYT 11.19.08

1 comment:

Donna-Jean Breckenridge said...

I knew it! Pretty basic: go to church, be happy. Stay home and watch TV, be miserable. Love it!