The Globe and Mail
What leads to a happy life: Meaning or pure pleasure?
ERIN ANDERSSEN: Published Wednesday, Jan. 09 2013.
Admit it: No matter how much you love building Lego castles, by the second hour of hopping minifigure knights around the turrets, you’re yawning. And no matter how fun the teddy bear tea party is in concept, the practice can make you wish there was something stronger in those teeny cups. Parenting – and family life in general – is full of moments that make you want to poke yourself in the eyeball. The happiness research is clear: Using the principal of diminishing returns, for every hour you spend doing something, you feel less happy doing it.