Money, marriage, kids

first_imgDaniel Gilbert, Harvard professor of psychology and best-selling author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” on Wednesday presented an impressive array of scientific research from economics, psychology, and neuroscience to assess his mother’s recipe for happiness.“If your mom was like my mom, she gave you more advice than you probably wanted on how to be happy,” Gilbert said, before telling the capacity audience at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology that “mom was partially right” in suggesting three keys for happiness: marriage, money, and children.With a photograph of his late mother on the screen behind him, Gilbert asked the audience members how many believed getting married led to happiness. He laughed when a woman in the fourth row pushed up the left arm of the man next to her. Smiling at the man with the forcibly raised arm, Gilbert nodded, “You’re right!” And so was mom,  he said.“Married people are happier than unmarried people. They are healthier, live longer, have more sex,” and do better on nearly every indicator of happiness, Gilbert noted during his lecture titled “Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You.”Gilbert pointed out that the quality of a marriage is, unsurprisingly, closely connected to one’s level of happiness. On average, marriage “makes you happier for eight to 15 years,” making it a worthwhile “investment,” but happiness levels may diminish over time, Gilbert said. Of course, “staying in a bad marriage” makes people unhappy, he said, but people in bad marriages “get much happier after divorce.”Gilbert then turned to money, describing how people typically deny a connection between money and happiness. Gilbert explained that he’d once conducted informal research at the Boston Common, asking people if money could buy happiness. Nearly all of them responded in “Hallmark card clichés” about how the important things in life are free. Gilbert offered the audience a Cheshire-cat smile before delivering his findings: “Of course money buys happiness,” he said. “A little money can buy you a lot of happiness, though a lot of money buys you only a little more happiness.”The interplay of money and happiness is subject to diminishing marginal returns, noted Gilbert, who showed a graph revealing a correlation between the two increases at lower income levels and lower returns at higher levels. What’s the sweet spot where each dollar buys the most happiness? Gilbert cited a per capita income between $50,000 to $75,000.He then suggested that people with higher incomes aren’t spending their money on the right things. Time spent resting, for example, the dream of so many working people, simply doesn’t deliver happiness. “People are happiest when the mind is engaged,” Gilbert said, whether talking, creating, or having sex (another point for marriage). “People are [also] happier when they give money away rather than spending it on themselves.”Gilbert then discussed children, mom’s last ingredient for happiness. While people might refer to them as “bundles of joy,” said Gilbert (who has a son and grandchildren), “they’re not a source of happiness.” He displayed a bar graph showing that childless adults are much happier than parents. “Once people have kids, there’s a downturn in happiness,” he said, which isn’t reversed until the kids move out. “The only symptom of empty nest syndrome,” Gilbert said, chuckling, “is nonstop smiling.”So why do people speak so joyously about their children? Gilbert likened having kids to watching a Red Sox-Yankees game where no run is scored until Sox slugger David Ortiz hits a game-winning homer in the ninth. “One will always remember that magical, momentary ending,” but forget the uneventful innings before. “That’s just like spending a day with a 5-year old,” he said, when an “I wub you” from the child may validate all the difficult hours.“Of course we love our kids,” said Gilbert. “I never said don’t have kids,” but the scientific data is tough to refute. Mom’s advice on kids may thus leave something to be desired.Gilbert concluded his good-natured deconstruction of mom’s happiness formula with a final word: “Maybe your mother doesn’t know everything about happiness, but call her anyway.” While our mothers never considered backing up their theories of happiness with scientific data, Gilbert put his mom’s recipe under a powerful microscope, offering insights, surprises, and plenty of thought-provoking science.last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drops his own contract hint after Bukayo Saka’s new Arsenal deal

first_img“I’m really happy today. My performance was good. And I’m always happy to score goals and help the team to win games.”@Aubameyang7 reacts to becoming the quickest player to score 5️⃣0️⃣ Premier League goals for Arsenal…🎙 @ReshminTV— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) July 1, 2020 Comment Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drops his own contract hint after Bukayo Saka’s new Arsenal deal Aubameyang was Arsenal’s man of the match in their easy win over Norwich (Picture: Getty)Doubts still linger over Aubameyang’s future however, with his current contract expiring next summer, though he has not closed the door on signing an extension of his own.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if he will delight Arsenal fans even more and follow Saka’s lead in signing a new deal, Aubameyang told BT Sport: ‘I know, I know! I’m really happy that Bukayo signed da ting! [laughing]‘And now we’ll see [about me]. We’ll talk with the club and we’re going to see what’s going to happen.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘But first of all I’m really focused on the games, this end of the season, so we will see.’Asked if he sees positive signs in the team under Arteta, he continued: ‘Yeah, as I said, since Mikel is in we’re doing well and we’re working very well, so we have good signs that we are improving.’ Aubameyang has continued to score freely despite Arsenal’s struggles this season and head coach Arteta has been full of praise for his talisman after his record-breaking evening.Asked about his record, the Spaniard said: ‘Credit to him that we were talking that he wasn’t scoring many in the last few weeks.‘The type of player that he is, he’s always trying to be the best, to score goals, to help the team, and I’m really glad with him. Not only for the goals but with his attitude overall.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to breaking Thierry Henry’s Arsenal recordMORE: Arsenal postpone Alexandre Lacazette decision because of Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 8:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Advertisement The Gabon striker struck twice as Arsenal dominated against Norwich (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he will hold talks with Arsenal over a contract extension and is happy with the direction the club is taking under new boss Mikel Arteta.The Gabon striker, who is the Gunners’ top scorer this season, netted twice more on Wednesday evening against Norwich to become the fastest Arsenal player to hit 50 Premier League goals – doing so quicker even than Thierry Henry.Arsenal’s 4-0 victory, which takes them above north London rivals Spurs in the table, marked a day of double delight, with Bukayo Saka having committed his long-term future to the club earlier in the day.last_img read more

Edward Leo Jackson

first_imgEdward Leo Jackson, 63, of Dillsboro, IN, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016 in Dillsboro, Indiana.He was born Sunday, September 7, 1952 in Cincinnati, OH, Son of the late Leo Jackson and the late Gertrude Puthoff Jackson.Edward worked as an electrician for Cincinnati Fan Company. He enjoyed fishing and caving, also known as spelunking and Edward was an avid reader.Surviving are children, Carrie Jackson, of Indiana, and Jennifer Ketenbrink of Rising Sun, IN; siblings, Sally (Dan) Karl of Milford, OH, Bob Jackson of Georgetown, KY, Joe (Vickie Gump) Jackson of Montgomery, OH. and Mary (Ron) Barnett of Carlisle, OH; granddaughter, Lily Ketenbrink.He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Lorraine Jackson.A memorial services will be held at the Rising Sun Church of the Nazarene, 1013 Burgess Ave, Rising Sun, Indiana 47040 on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:00 am.Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Rising Sun Church of the Nazarene. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home officeat (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Eriksen ‘rejects all offers’ from Spurs as he holds out for Real transfer

first_imgMauricio Pochettino claims Christian Eriksen ‘always happy’ at Spurs despite CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN will reportedly reject every offer Spurs place on the table – to force through a move to Spain.The Tottenham playmaker, 27, is out of contract at the end of the season.1 Christian Eriksen will reportedly reject all offers Spurs make to try and convince him to stayCredit: AFP or licensorsAnd after the Champions League final, he admitted he was ready for a new challenge.Spurs could not convince him to extend his deal this summer nor were they able to sell him, with Real Madrid pursuing other options in midfield.And now reports in Spain suggest his agent is in contact with the 13-time European champions.It is thought the Bernabeu club have spoken to the player but are yet to submit a formal bid.Real were linked with a move in the summer transfer window.But they prioritised the pursuit of other targets instead, with Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy coming in.Paul Pogba was also linked with a move but a deal could not be agreed with Manchester United – who may have turned to Eriksen as the Frenchman’s replacement.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaThe Danish international will be able to arrange a pre-contract agreement in January to join the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona for free when his contract expires in North London.Eriksen moved to Spurs from Ajax in 2013 and has been a key player for them over the last six years.His 50 goals and 60 assists in 211 Premier League appearances prove his worth to them, helping to establish themselves in the Champions League consistently.last_img read more

GWI to crack down on delinquent water users

first_img– unmetered car washes to be targeted; steep tampering fines proposedWith the entity’s revenues dropping, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) will be cracking down on a number of delinquent water users; of which unmetered car washes are among those in its sights.This was revealed during the first public hearing before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and consumer representatives into GWI’s proposed rate hikes; a hearing that saw the entity facing questions about what it planned to do withCar washes are in the cross hairs of GWIthose who do not pay their fair share.GWI Chief Executive Officer, Dr Richard Van West-Charles sought to assuage those concerns, noting that steps are being taken to protect the company’s losses. In fact, the entity is even contemplating hikes in fines for tampering.“The public has been very helpful in helping us find many people who are stealing. The people that are stealing are not necessarily small people. They are big, commercial people,” Dr Van West-Charles explained.“We are metering every car wash and the people to the left, right, back and front of the car washes. If they give access to a car wash, they give access at their own cost,” the CEO made clear.Dr Van West-Charles revealed that a $50,000 fine for domestic customers found to be tampering with connections or the meters is on the table; while a $100,000 fine for commercial customers is also being proposed.For unmetered residential properties, GWI is already proposing a monthly fixed charge of $500 along with $1500 per month. Their metered counterparts face charges of $500 per month and $112 per cubic meter. For unmetered pensioners, a water usage charge of $740 per month is proposed, while the fixed charge will be waived.Metered non-residential customers face a monthly charge of $500 and a monthly consumption charge of $150 per cubic meter. Unmetered non-residential customers are charged based on the category of their operations… small, medium and large.All these categories are proposed to pay a fixed monthly charge of $500. In the case of small operations, it is proposed that they pay $3750 per month, while medium operations are facing a $12,000 charge. Large scale consumers can end up paying $24,000.For the sewerage tariff, GWI is proposing $417 per month for residential customers and pensioners; while a monthly charge of $2860 is being proposed for non-residential metered and unmetered small-scale consumers. Medium-scale consumers are facing a $4350 fee and large-scale consumers, a $6375 per month fee.These charges exclude ancillary charges, which will encompass fees, including reconnection charges.last_img read more