Tag Archives: Happiness

Disability is a full time job

19 Oct

For persons enduring a severe disability, daily life is a full time job.
Two bloggers share courageously with us their daily struggles to show the amount of supplementary efforts they have to produce just to save an appearance of fluidity (not to say normality).
One blogger compares disability with an iceberg whose greater part is not visible:
An other blogger compares disability with an handful of a limited number of spoons. All seems normal to the surrounding peoples who examine her life as long as she has a sufficient number of spoons left in her hand. But each daily life efforts along the day takes one spoon away from her and when there is only one left in her hand she must stop for the rest of the day and all the activities she has still to do must wait for the next day:

The body of work that economists have done on the field of relationship between happiness and disability shows that not only the disabled persons themselves are less happy but also are their spouses, although this must be tempered by the numerous adaptive strategies that the couple puts in place.
A resume of the scientific literature here:

Journal of Public Economics
June 2008, Vol.92(5):1061–1077, doi:10.1016/j.jpubeco.2008.01.002
Does happiness adapt? A longitudinal study of disability with implications for economists and judges
Andrew J. OswaldNattavudh Powdthavee


Social Science & Medicine
December 2009, Vol.69(12):1834–1844, doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.09.023
Part Special Issue: New approaches to researching patient safety
What happens to people before and after disability? Focusing effects, lead effects, and adaptation in different areas of life
Nattavudh Powdthavee

Social Science & Medicine
April 2014, Vol.107:68–77, doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.02.009
Is shared misery double misery?
Merehau Cindy MervinPaul Frijters

We find that the events befalling a partner on average have an effect about 15% as large as the effect of own events.

Quoted from :

Journal of Economic Psychology
August 2009, Vol.30(4):675–689, doi:10.1016/j.joep.2009.06.005
I can’t smile without you: Spousal correlation in life satisfaction
Nattavudh Powdthavee


Happiness is the life satisfaction

29 Feb

I can’t get no satisfaction (Mick Jagger)

“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way”. Since my cousin disseminated this sentence via Facebook I immediately made it my maxim for every day life starting from now. Happiness as strange as it could appear is not only the topic of philosophers or spiritually minded people (like my cousin) but also of very pragmatic scientists in the field of a very harsh specialty, namely the economy not to mention political science. Reading the paper here below referenced in the work consulted list I discovered that there are numerous countless means of measuring happiness, of which not the less strange appears to be the duration of authentic or so-called Duchenne smiles. A Duchenne
smile occurs when both the zygomatic major and obicularus orus facial
muscles fire, and human beings identify these as genuine smiles (see Ekman,
Friesen, and O’Sullivan [1988]; Ekman, Davidson, and Friesen [1990]).

Another absolutely non poetic mean is of course the electroencephelogram measures of prefrontal brain activity.

I even learned that it does really exist a World Database of Happiness for over one hundred countries computerizing and data mining the responses answered by a handful of Guinea-pigs to two definitely simple questions entitled very rationally Q1 and Q2:

Q1. Three- step happiness—example from the U.S. General Social Survey (GSS): “Taken all together, how would you say things are these days—
would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy or not too happy?”

Q2. Four- step life satisfaction—example from the European Eurobarometer Surveys: “On the whole, are you very satisfied, fairly satisfied, not very satisfied, or not at all satisfied with the life you lead?”

I wonder how the European Quality of Life Survey [EQLS] indicators would perform if the questionnaires were now administered in the streets of Athens or Valencia.

Works consulted:

International Evidence on Well- Being

David G. Blanchflower



Gross National Happiness


Mickael Jackson, Whitney Houston : are Hollywood doctors to blame?

16 Feb

Should rogue docs in Hollywood be accountable for the death of the two pop superstar singers from prescribed benzodiazepine mixed to alcohol for the latter or anaesthetic medicine like propofol for the former?

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That the question each and every medical doctors in the world should ask themselves.

The least that it can be said is that the two artists were not helped by their medical entourage nor friendship circle.

Certainly they were deeply unhappy and isolated in the middle of celebrity and superficial relationship or greedy managers.

It remembers me a maxim my cousin shared few days ago on Facebook: “there is no way to happiness, happiness is the way”. And definitely the worst way to happiness is to take medicine mixed with alcohol, even worst anaesthetic drug, all the more when they are prescribed or administered by a Hollywood rogue Doc.

Doctor Alon Steinberg, a cardiology expert, gives us his opinion on the CNN channel.
But I understand that it would be very difficult, in private practice in Hollywood to say “no” at an international pop or movie super star! And in another hand superstars know to use their fame to get their pills!
Pharmacies and prescription records are investigated “Doctor shopping” being suspected in the Whitney Houston case.

Videos consulted on CNN:



Science shows how people can adopt a better behavior in life

7 Feb

Science helps you to live a better life.

baby eating from spoon

Readingto Scientific studies results in more efficiency in the way you should conduct your own life.

For example: The School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK reveals that letting your babies feeding themselves with their fingers leads to less risk of them becoming fat when they will grow up than feeding them with a spoon.


Other example: two researchers at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management finds that thinking your time worth money will lead you to less enjoy your leisure time and benefit of less happiness in your life.


Last example: the Department of Public Health and Forensic Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine,Sendai,Japan, confirms that drinking 5 cups or more of green tea per day would guarantee people to age without disability.


There is no need for sectarian or magical beliefs in order to leave a better life because all the here above commandments or precepts stem from scientific rationale studies implemented by honest scientists (as warranted by the quality of the institution they belong to).


Links to the scientific papers:


First study: Baby knows best? The impact of weaning style on food preferences and body mass index in early childhood in a case controlled sample.



Second study: Time, money, and happiness: How does putting a price on time affect our ability to smell the roses?



Third study: Green tea consumption and the risk of incident functional disability in elderly Japanese: the Ohsaki Cohort 2006 Study.






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