busy-ness and happy-ness
From Susan Olasky in World...
There are certainly exceptions to this rule-- and to the extreme, the relationship falls apart-- but it's still interesting that "happy people" do all sorts of things, but don't watch much TV.
That's according to a study published in the December issue of Social Indicators Research. One of the study's co-authors, University of Maryland sociologist John P. Robinson, said, "TV doesn't really seem to satisfy people over the long haul the way that social involvement or reading a newspaper does. . . . The data suggest to us that the TV habit may offer short-run pleasure at the expense of long-term malaise."
Then, this interesting result:
The study also found that happy people are busier than unhappy people—but unhappy people feel more rushed for time.