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This is another book on happiness. But this time, Frey used economic theories to discuss something as abstract as happiness.

So what bring you happiness according to economics? 1. Intelligence? Not at all, people with higher IQ are not happier. Smarty expected too much. Expectation is not healthy once reality is uncertain. 2. Money. Yes, up to a certain point. There is diminishing marginal utility applied to almost everything. Also, human greed is insatiable, money can’t keep up with human need. 3. Age. You live you learn. Elderly people concentrate more on features that make them happy and circumvent those that don’t. 4. Be religious. Religion can act as a haven in difficult time 5. Work for yourself. Somehow, those who are self – employed are happier. Freedom and being self determined bring higher satisfaction. 6. Volunteer more. 7. Get married. More efficient division of labor releases stress and eases life; therefore, increase happiness. 8. Make the most of your genes. A “set point” of happiness strongly influences life satisfaction. To a large extent, the genes one inherits determine this “set- point.” To achieve happiness, it is useful to develop personality traits and life styles that support happiness. Get yourself healthy habit if happiness is the ultimate purpose of life. Thinking at margin to choose what activities yield toward lower opportunity costs. Time is scarce resource, so think twice before set your action.

This is a book on happiness which is backed up by statistics rather than personal anecdotes. Highly recommended for anyone who is looking for happiness and tired of boring self help books

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Updated: Mar 20, 2019



This is not a book on how to be happier. It is quite the opposite. Daniel Gilbert explained how people are not happy like they thought they would be.

Happiness is a product of actions which require calculated prediction. How can we predict? We imagine. We imagine if we choose plan A over plan B, how would our lives be. Then we choose to act according to our expected utility associated with consequences of both plans.

Imagination, however, contains three shortcomings. First is realism error. We fail to imagine every feature and consequence of a future event. We choose to act from too little our brain can be aware of. The second shortcomings is presentism. The imagination of the future is based on today's materials. But well.... What makes us happy today might not make us happy tomorrow. We are rolling stones with a tendency of thinking we are trees. The third shortcoming is rationalization. Imagination is a drama bitch. Bad things are not as bad. It is why people who experienced pains/tragic life events can much happier than who didn't. Resilience cures sadness.

All in all, what should we do to be happ(ier)? 1. Prefeeling is important. You feel right then you do it right. Stop imagining and expecting too much.

2. Seeking advice from everyone. Most people think we are unique. No, uniqueness is a mainstream diva (not real and never speak truly). Scrape off all the thinking that you are different, you are unique. Solutions are all around us and many tackle your difficulties. Copy them and you will do just fine


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This is his article for The New York Tribune in 1885. What intrigued Wilde was Pre - Raphaelite art which depicted natural and classical subjects. "Good dress" should drape in robes of simplistic design. Here are some of his words of wisdom:

1. Fashion is merely a form of ugliness so absolutely unbearable that we have to alter it every six months!

2. The beauty of a dress depends entirely and absolutely on the loveliness it shields, and on the freedom and motion that it does not impede.

3. Beauty is always organic, and comes from within, and not from without, comes from the perfection of its own being and not from any added prettiness.

4. Fashion rests upon folly. Art rests upon law. Fashion is ephemeral. Art is eternal.

5. A fashionable dress there is far too much "shaping"; the very wealthy of course will not care, but it worth while to remind those who are not millionaire that the more seams the more shabbiness.

6. A well – made dress is a simple dress that hangs from the shoulders, that takes its shape from the figures and its folds from the movement of the girls who wears it, and what I mean by a badly made dress is an elaborate structure of heterogeneous material, etc.

7. That each separate article of apparel is to be suspended from the shoulders always, and never from the waist.

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