Daily Archives: July 23, 2013

Putnam: ‘Strongest predictors of happiness are social relationships’

Putnam: ‘Strongest predictors of happiness are social relationships’

A marriage can cause an increase in happiness equal to a quadrupling salary. Making a good friend is equal to tripling a salary. Belonging to a club can cause an increase in happiness equivalent to doubling a salary. And going on picnics three times a year is the same as receiving a 10 percent raise.
“By now, the strongest predictors of happiness by far are our social relationships,” said Robert Putnam, professor of public policy at Harvard University. “Money alone can buy you happiness, but not much.”

Justice Kennedy: ‘We must know our heritage and our history’

Justice Kennedy: ‘We must know our heritage and our history’

In the eyes of Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Americans take their freedom for granted. As he spoke to the Chautauquans packed in and around the Hall of Philosophy at 3:30 p.m. Monday, he drew upon history and tradition to illustrate how vital it is that Americans engage in the discussion of freedom.
He admitted that in his younger years, he thought democracy could be given like a gift. He joked that some people think they can introduce democracy to a country, wipe their hands and say goodbye, and then democracy will be magically “installed.”

Barker, as Jefferson: ‘Mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs’

Barker, as Jefferson: ‘Mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs’

Disheveled from the long carriage ride to Chautauqua, and wearing his most comfortable suit, President Thomas Jefferson was worried that he hadn’t dressed well enough for his lecture. But he was overcome by a wave of relief when he saw his audience in the Hall of Philosophy: Not a single head was covered — no waistcoats, no knee breeches, no stockings.

“Why should I apologize for the way I am dressed?” he thought to himself.

Visual research guides Garand’s sculpture

Visual research guides Garand’s sculpture

On one of sculptor Brenda Garand’s many trips to the province of Quebec, she spent time in Tadoussac, where a merchant and French navy captain acquired a fur trade monopoly. Oral history and the legend of a place interest Garand; she said most of her ideas for her sculptures come from a psychological sense of history and a physical sense of place.