Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Liz Phair of graduate-level psychology programs

"‘What Makes Us Happy’: According to Liz Phair, US Poet Laureate (1993-1994), what makes you happy is ‘all that matters.’ According to this 72 year long longitudinal study at Harvard—the Liz Phair of graduate-level psychology programs—it’s actually more about how you respond to things as opposed to the terrible, terrible things that inevitably happens to you. (Passive voice here, to make a meta-point!) Harvard selected 268 men, who matriculated during the 30s, and traced the way they responded to things—or ‘adapted’—during the last 72 years. So let’s skip all this and get to the Secrets To Happiness, which are (spoiler alert!) as follows: ‘Employing mature adaptations, education, stable marriage, not smoking, not abusing alcohol, some exercise, and healthy weight.’ Which, hm, funsy."
(May 21, 2009, Juli Weiner, Wonkette)

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