Tag: common book

Spiritual materialism misses point

Here’s another post related to the common book. At first glance you may think it makes fun of spiritual materialism (read the post to see what I mean by that if you’re not sure), but Kept in the Dark and Fed Sh*t is actually fairly respectful of those who engage in it. They simply make the point that it’s not the “real article.” Do you think the post relates to The Geography of Bliss in some way? (Use the comments below if you would like.)

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Spending may have permanently shifted

This is the first post on this blog in a new category, which I’ve simply labeled “Bliss.” It’s in support of the use of this year’s common book, The Geography of Bliss. I’m still not quite sure how I’m going to develop it for use in my own classes, and I’m still reading through it myself. But as I’m reading it, I’m getting sensitized to articles, posts, Web pages, etc., that perhaps connect to it. Posts here related to the common book will not go into any discussion of the concepts (I don’t want to impose my own view on whatever it is students are doing with the topics), but will simply point to the related resources with perhaps a brief explanation of what provides the relevance.

Today, I would like to point you to But Will It Make You Happy?, an article that first appeared in the New York Times, that has been shared from them via Yahoo Finance. There is some depth here around recent research that suggests you are better off spending on experiences rather than things, and also that the way you spend has more to do with happiness than does your income.

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