How to be happy

The utterly charming Seth Roberts, best-selling author and paragon of scientific  self-experimentation, visited GMU last week.

Seth told us how to be happy.  "See other people’s faces in the morning."  Faces on TV work as well as real faces.  Conversational distance is ideal.  In his view, seeing faces at night makes people unhappy.

The best way to sleep better is to stand all day.  Also you should stop eating breakfast.  Seth claims we are programmed to wake about three hours before our usual breakfast time.  (Oddly this started happening to me about two weeks before his visit.)

Most college professors have too few skills to be useful teachers and we should reward diverse kinds of achievement.  Given the importance of division of labor in modern economies, there should be many ways get an "A."  Students should receive more individualized attention.

Here is Alex’s earlier post on Seth, and here.  Here is Seth’s blog.

On the bottom of Seth’s home page is some fascinating Powerpoint on economics: "In the beginning, hobbies.  Diversify expertise: procrastination."

Here are three things statistics textbooks don’t tell you.

Seth is a true American original and his work deserves the attention of every thinking person.


It's great to see Seth's work get noticed. He does unconventional work, and perhaps it took the unconventional medium of blogging to bring it to the world's attention. For more thoughts on Seth's ideas, I recommend checking out
these links.

I agree with Rob -- a new way to become an early riser and get things done in the morning!

Hell, I eat breakfast and then go back to sleep for three hours.

"Stop having breakfast" is terrible advice. If you should be awake three hours before breakfast, you should wake up earlier.

As for me, I'm starving when I wake up. My body is definitely not programmed to hang around for another three hours before getting some food down me.

I do not fully agree with the study how to be happy because it is only a mere imgaine of our popular culture
and our popular culture is very limited because we live inside our own "matrix". Happiness is when one
connects the unconcious to the conciousness of their being. Happiness is a pure emotion and ones being is notnot
based on emotions because emotions are not ones true self. No study can tell us what makes an individual happy
truly this study only represents our popular culture which sadly is rather limited because of our preconcieved

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