Since I’m your happiness guru, I’m always on the lookout for interesting tidbits to pass along. Thought you’d enjoy this excerpt from today’s NY Times– btw, the columnist is no relation. Read the whole column at NYTimes.
March 30, 2010
The Sandra Bullock Trade
By DAVID BROOKS
Marital happiness is far more important than anything else in determining personal well-being. If you have a successful marriage, it doesn’t matter how many professional setbacks you endure, you will be reasonably happy. If you have an unsuccessful marriage, it doesn’t matter how many career triumphs you record, you will remain significantly unfulfilled.
This isn’t just sermonizing. This is the age of research, so there’s data to back this up. Over the past few decades, teams of researchers have been studying happiness. Their work, which seemed flimsy at first, has developed an impressive rigor, and one of the key findings is that, just as the old sages predicted, worldly success has shallow roots while interpersonal bonds permeate through and through…
I hope your relationships are happy ones! If not, tell me what’s going on at askevelynbrooks.com