Paper Performance #2 is my response to an article in The Atlantic. Are We Trading Our Happiness for Modern Comforts? As society gets richer, people chase the wrong things.
ARTHUR C. BROOKS
OCTOBER 22, 2020
What hooked me was this section about a study that followed hundreds of men who graduated from Harvard from 1939 to 1944 throughout their lives, into their 90s. The researchers were curious to know who thrived, who didn't, and what were the decisions that the men made that led to a sense a well-being.
'What this means is that anything that substitutes for close human relationships in your life is a bad trade. The study I mentioned above about uses of money makes this point. But the point goes much deeper. You will sacrifice happiness if you crowd out relationships with work, drugs, politics, or social media. The world encourages us to love things and use people. But that’s backwards. Put this on your fridge and try to live by it: Love people; use things.'
I made stickers instead of magnets.
claire a warden