Tag: happiness

You Need $88,275 to Be Happy in Maryland



As Groucho Marx said, “Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.” But as Puff Daddy also said, “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.” So which is it?

According to Princeton researchers, who asked nearly half a million Americans to evaluate their happiness and reveal their salaries, having more money does make you happier… up to a point. And that point, according to their research, was $75,000. Beyond that annual salary, more money added negligible happy points.

Cherry Blossoms, Labradoodles, Each Other: Is Joy a Daily Choice?

image courtesy of winsomecottagelabradoodles.com
image courtesy of winsomecottagelabradoodles.com

Goucher fiction prof Kathy Flann reflects on the final “deadline” we all face, the fact of our society’s deep denial of it, and what we can do along the way to find more meaning and more meaningful fun.

This chunk of rock on which we live will die. Everyone we know will die. Most will go painfully. It is unlikely that many of us, at age ninety-five, will slip away while we sleep. The few that do win a lottery that spares discomfort and the burden of awareness. The fact that this is our best-case scenario seems impossible. As children, none of us says, “When I grow up, I want to be a policeman and I want to die in my sleep.”

Are Johns Hopkins Freshmen Really Among the Happiest in the Nation?



According to Yahoo News, the private university with the happiest freshmen in the country is Princeton, followed by those at Harvey Mudd and Yale; Johns Hopkins sneaks onto the top 25 list at number 24. This list looks quite a bit different from last year’s compilation of the U.S.’s happiest schools according to the Princeton Review (in which neither Hopkins, Princeton, Harvey Mudd nor Yale makes the cut).

Students Speak: Gilman Senior Dares to Choose Happiness


Tim Jenkins, a senior at Gilman, shares with us a poignant speech, inspired by one of our favorite writers, David Foster Wallace, and the 2005 commencement speech he gave at Kenyon College.  Tim talks about finding truth in everyday lives and choosing how and what to think.

Tim will attend Colorado College in the fall. – The Eds.