Friday, December 28, 2007

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Provocative book: The Status Syndrome.

Author makes strong case that social standing is related to better health. He downplays genetics, compliance, environment--but doesn't ignore them completely. His answer to the question, Can money buy happiness? is a resounding yes.

Later on I'll post his interesting explanation of why Mimi dies of consumption, but not Rudolfo!

And his prescriptions for change. And examples of his felicitous writing.

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The Namesake: Film is intelligent and well-acted, but slow. Good insights into Indian culture.

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