Friday, February 26, 2010

Happiness can turn you into a schmuck :(

Happiness ain't all it's cracked up to be
"Psychologist Joe Forgas at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, who has led many of these studies, suggests that happiness's negative effects all stem from a cheery mood's tendency to lull you into feeling secure. This makes you look inwards and behave both more selfishly and more carelessly.

"People in a positive mood generally rely more on their own thoughts and preferences, and pay less attention to the outside world and social norms," says Forgas."
New Scientist


  1. This will make a lot of people unhappy:

    But now it’s clear: The triumph didn’t last. While languishing in the Ugandan highlands, a small population of P. graminisP. graminis, evolved the means to overcome mankind’s most ingenious genetic defenses. This distinct new race of dubbed Ug99 after its country of origin (Uganda) and year of christening (1999), is storming east, working its way through Africa and the Middle East and threatening India and China. More than a billion lives are at stake. “It’s an absolute game-changer,” says Brian Steffenson, a cereal-disease expert at the University of Minnesota who travels to Njoro regularly to observe the enemy in the wild. “The pathogen takes out pretty much everything we have.”

  2. Sorry to change the subject but I'm sure some readers will wish to add their names to this petition -

    Anyway if it's successful it could makle the farmers happy. 

  3. <span>Yes Jemmy I saw that one a couple of days ago. We should all sign it. Its unbelievable that those people are denied participation by the UK and no reason was given at all.</span>

  4. Off topic quote by CLR James in his introduction to the book Froudacity: West Indian Fables Explained:

    The origin of this publication is typical of the relation between imperialism and its colonial dependencies. Imperialism maintains a constant attack upon and a prevailing depreciation of the people it rules (or has ruled). The attack is not always malicious. Quite often it is worse, a genuine sense of outraged superiority stimulating political ignorance and myopia and not averse to plain lying. Froudacity is a reply to an imperialist attack, an attack ignorant and myopic as usual, but this time malign and motivated. The attack was a sitting duck for a counter-blow.