Where I Stand on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

I grew up in Europe during [World War II] and so I have a European attitude on the concept of occupation.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a tragic conflict in the sense that there is not a solution that deals with the aspiration of both people.  I belong in the context of Israeli politics.  I have a particular point of view I think, so I have always thought that the settlements are a disaster and so on.  

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Goals Are What Help You Get Satisfaction

If you look at life satisfaction and what makes people satisfied with their lives, most of it has a lot to do with people’s goals.

If you look at life satisfaction and what makes people satisfied with their lives, most of it has a lot to do with people’s goals. So when we ask people how important money is to them when they are 18 and we look at their income at age 45, we find that the people that said at age 18 that money didn’t matter to them very much, at age 45 money still doesn’t matter to them very much. So the correlation between their income and their satisfaction with life is really very low.

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Being Angry Makes Me Angry

I hate being angry and so I hate the adversary exchanges that you frequently find in the social sciences and actually in the physical sciences as well where people are snide and they use sarcasm. 

Some people enjoy being angry and some people really hate it and that is a known difference. It is a know dimension of individual differences.  For some people anger is a positive emotion. For others it’s negative.  I happen to be an extreme case with for me anger goes into depression very quickly.  

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My Pet Peeve with Happiness Research

A pet peeve that I have in the context of happiness research is that it’s called happiness research.

A pet peeve that I have in the context of happiness research is that it’s called happiness research.

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