The Dream—Or Is It a Nightmare?—of No Work

Wouldn’t it be great not to have to worry about money?  No need to get up and go to a job, instead you could just enjoy yourself and really live? This fantasy has plenty of appeal, and, no doubt, just about everyone entertains this line of thinking from time to time when the alarm goes … Continued

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If We’re All So Connected, Why are Our Kids so Lonely?

Heading out on an overnight school trip, my daughter spent 90 minutes each way on the bus with her classmates. Before the trip, the school laid out the electronic use policy—students would be allowed to use iPhones and iPads on the drive to and from their retreat but not during their stay. A few parents … Continued

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The Gray Divorcée

For years, popular culture treated divorce as liberation; it might not be wonderful for those involved, but at least it was not a moral failure. If mom and dad were miserable, then daughters and sons were miserable too. If mom found happiness in the arms of another man (or woman) and dad could live out … Continued

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What Caitlyn Jenner Gets Wrong About Happiness and Gay Marriage

Is happiness always worth chasing? In a surprising interview with Ellen DeGeneres last week, Caitlyn Jenner expressed some ambivalence about gay marriage. “I’m a traditionalist,” said Jenner, a former Olympian and member of the Kardashian clan, who has chronicled her transgender journey on her reality show, I Am Cait. But Jenner acknowledged she’d come around … Continued

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Learning How to Grow Old

Sometimes, the fact that I am almost 30 makes me want to freak out. I know that 30 is not old,  but it’s not really young, either. It’s entering that “in-between” period of life. My 40s are next. Gulp. Like most normal people, getting older is a source of a certain amount of anxiety. Polling … Continued

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Avril Lavigne’s Diamond Ring: Does Size Matter?

I’ve written here previously in defense of the traditional diamond engagement ring, and I am not deviating from those arguments. I am, however, still sitting with both eyebrows semi-permanently raised after seeing the pictures of Avril Lavigne’s 17-carat one-year anniversary ring from husband Chad Kroeger. I guess her 14-carat engagement ring just didn’t cut it. … Continued

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Where the Happy People Are

There’s an old Talmudic saying meshane makom meshane mazal, meaning a change of place changes your luck. Perhaps those living in New York City, which new research shows is the unhappiest city in America, will want to heed this adage and move. To begin with the researchers—Harvard professor Edward Glaeser, Vancouver School of Economics professor Joshua Gottlieb, and … Continued

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Are Pets a Key to Happiness?

Did you know that 68% of Americans have at least one pet? Did you know that more people have pets living with them then children? And did you know that in 2013 Americans spent $55.72 billion on these furry friends? For the majority of pet owners these numbers are probably not that surprising. A recent … Continued

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