Showing posts with the label Malcolm Gladwell

Money Can Buy Happiness. The Question Is: “How Much Happiness Is Enough?”

How much money buys happiness? Thanks to Malcolm Gladwell we can now say that increased wealth correlates with an increase in happiness up to an annual salary of $75,000 USD—that’s $100,000 Canadian  (See Good Teachers Are Always Underdogs ).  After $100,000 CAD, more money produces less and less happiness, until wealth eventually causes more problems than pleasures.         = < $100,000 CAD We are left with the question: “How much happiness is enough?”  Strange question?  I hope so.   Being unhappy is not a mental illness Listening to a lecture given by Thomas Szasz, the psychiatrist who denied the existence of anything that could be called a “mental illness” (see also Terrorism and Madness:  Between Sympathy and Understanding ), I was struck by his description of people who came to him thinking that they were mentally ill because they were not happy.  As Szasz reported, being unhappy is a perfectly reasonable, sane response to some of life’s events and circ

Do No Harm

"Do no harm" It was always my intention and ambition as a teacher to honour the basic tenant of the Hippocratic Oath :   “Do no harm.”   It sounds simple enough, and I assume most teachers feel as I do, but for people with sadistic impulses the classroom must seem like a tempting playground.   Since the oath was intended for doctors, much of what it proposes would not apply to teachers, but even some of its tenants like honouring gods and mentors, not using a knife on patients, and not providing abortions seem odd promises even for ancient Greek doctors.   On the other hand, the proscription of having sex with patients or revealing their confidences could and should also be applied to teachers with their students.   (These proscriptions, in my mind, go hand and in hand, and will be discussed in a future post.) "Spare the rod and spoil the child" But I’ve never been able to get passed the basic “Do no harm.”   It is a burden and a challenge for any teac