"The eyes do not lie unless, of course, the person has received Botox around the eyes, in which case the skin around the eyes is unable to wrinkle up, no matter how true a smile." —The Atlantic has an interesting piece on smiling, life, and depression by dermatologist Eric Finzi: "How Smiles Control Us All, and why we're terrible at faking them." It's also an excerpt from his new book, 'The Face of Emotion: How Botox Affects Our Moods and Relationships,' which came out yesterday (Amazon | Indiebound), and which reminded me to re-take that BBC fake-smile-detection test. I got a 17 instead of a [...]
Sadness stays relatively constant throughout life, although women experience more sad feelings than men.
… is a depressing pull-quote from this otherwise attempting-to-be-uplifting WSJ article about reducing anxiety and aging gracefully, as if it were possible.
Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. Born in Russia and raised in America, she's had her poems and translations published in Narrative Magazine, Poetry International, and others.
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No one would deny the positive benefits of happiness
Happy International Happiness Day.
Guardian writer Oliver Burkeman's book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking comes out today in the U.S. The brief and Burkeman-narrated trailer above gives a quick idea of what it's about — essentially, how to be happier without worrying about being happier. Burkeman was kind enough to answer a few questions about the book via email, and to make an unexpected Aqua reference.
Edith Zimmerman: Oliver, thank you for emailing with me! I'll jump right into it. Wanting to be "happy" seems like such a catch-all idea, and a seemingly impossible thing to aim for, especially when the more you zoom in on what [...]
November 2003: I am barely 23, married, and a newly christened mommy to a nursing, doesn't sleep much, what some would call high needs, six-month-old baby. I have spent the past half-year mostly alone (aside from the man I am married to) because all my young friends are busy drinking wine coolers and generally doing things that do not involve the constant holding of a very small person. I am oh so in love with my baby and my husband, but also pretty depressed with my frumpy, no-fun self. So when I find out Modest Mouse, my favorite band ever up to that point, is coming to town, I grab a [...]