Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Stumbling

I’ve finished Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness. It’s quite good, but if you don’t have time to read it, his Edge talk is a decent overview of his argument, and his recent Smithsonian interview hits several of the high points as well.

I also got back a copy of an article I submitted to a sociology journal a few months ago– I’d misread (or merely misunderstood, whichever is stupider) the guidelines for handling references and endnotes, and so had to spend a couple hours this evening going back through the article and setting things right. At least, I hope I got them right this time.

I’m pretty much back to normal now, other than the occasional wheeze, and a little bit of fatigue. My appetite is back, which is a mixed blessing: I could have done with another week or no appetite, but no nausea. Ah well. If Gilbert is right, it’s likely that losing a lot of weight won’t make me substantially happier, despite my rock-ribbed conviction that it would.

[To the tune of Crowded House, “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” from the album “Recurring Dream: The Very Best Of Crowded House“.]

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1 Comment

  1. In fact, losing the weight HAS made a big difference. So sometimes we’re correct that things that we think will make us a lot happier succeed in doing so.

    Now we’ll see if finishing the end of cyberspace book has the same effect….

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