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12/05/08 / Mind

8:10 PM [abp:m:B001B093UQ]

The film explores the human proclivity to ask "why" at all junctures of life, and the ramifications of that one little question.

I’m reminded of Mirza Ghalib and his immortal question:

युन होता तो क्या होता

11:43 AM Happiness is contagious: study says:

The same team that demonstrated obesity and smoking spread in networks has shown that the more happy people you know, the more likely you are yourself to be happy.

Also relevant: happiness is more contagious than unhappiness.

The study also fits in with other data that suggested — in 1984 — that having $5,000 extra increased a person’s chances of becoming happier by about 2 percent.

"A happy friend is worth about $20,000," Christakis said.

10:14 AM Everyone uses the line "If everyone else was jumping off a bridge, would you do it too?" at some point in their lives.  I realized long ago what stupid logic that argument is based on.  First of all, why would everyone be jumping off a bridge?  It’s not even a realistic proposition.  And secondly, if everyone was jumping off a bridge, I most likely would jump off the bridge too, because chances are they’re all jumping because the bridge is collapsing or a big truck or train is coming right at them!

8:23 AM All morning I kept thinking it was Friday, but I kept correcting myself that it’s Thursday.  Just now I discovered that it’s really Friday.  I don’t remember where Thursday went, or Wednesday for that matter.  The days all look the same.  It’s kind of scary but also kind of interesting.

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