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The Sandra Bullock Conundrum

David Brooks has a funny little piece in The New York Times about Sandra Bullock's recent conundrum. Its...


David Brooks has a funny little piece in The New York Times about Sandra Bullock's recent conundrum.



Its premise: "Would you exchange a tremendous professional triumph for a severe personal blow?"



One should note, as Brooks makes mention, "if you had to take more than three seconds to think about this question, you are absolutely crazy."



He goes on to cite research noting that Academy Award winners will live, on average, almost four years longer than their non-winning peers. But that more than all of the gold statues accumulating dust on the mantle, what really counts in terms of personal well-being is happiness.



Apart from a successful marriage, daily activities that make us happiest include: having sex, eating dinner with others, and socializing after work. Commuting ranks lowest on the list.



Brooks asks whether colleges are spending too much time on career building and money making and not enough time on the other stuff that possibly matters more.



But back to the question at hand-which would you honestly pick?



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