Tom Freston: What is the measure of a good life?

Question: What is the measure of a good life?

Tom Freston: Well I think being happy and comfortable in your skin counts for a lot. Having decent relationships with those who are close around you, whether that be your family, immediate relations, other relations, circle of friends, co-workers, feeling that you’re doing something that’s sort of adding to the good side of, you know, world progress from time to time, and not just leading some avaricious, selfish existence. The ability to travel; the ability to, you know . . . I wouldn’t say live out your dreams, but basically to be able to achieve goals that you set for yourself and have them attainable, you know, brings one great satisfaction. A good balance between, you know, your personal life and your so-called work life. Being able to, for me . . . to feel that, you know, you have an ability to, you know, be creative in whatever form that takes. You know put things together in new ways or create new things altogether.

Recorded On: 7/6/07

Be comfortable in your own skin.

Is life after 75 worth living? This UPenn scholar doubts it.

What makes a life worth living as you grow older?

Culture & Religion
  • Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel revisits his essay on wanting to die at 75 years old.
  • The doctor believes that an old life filled with disability and lessened activity isn't worth living.
  • Activists believe his argument stinks of ageism, while advances in biohacking could render his point moot.
Keep reading Show less

Brazil's Amazon fires: How they started — and how you can help.

The Amazon Rainforest is often called "The Planet's Lungs."

NASA
Politics & Current Affairs
  • For weeks, fires have been burning in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, likely started by farmers and ranchers.
  • Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, has blamed NGOs for starting the flames, offering no evidence to support the claim.
  • There are small steps you can take to help curb deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, which produces about 20 percent of the world's oxygen.
Keep reading Show less

Study: Sending emojis is linked to scoring more dates, sex

Emojis might contain more emotional information than meets the eye.

Pixabay
Sex & Relationships
  • A new study shows that people who frequently used emojis in text messages with potential dates engaged in more sexual activity and had more contact with those dates.
  • However, the study only shows an association; it didn't establish causality.
  • The authors suggest that emojis might help to convey nuanced emotional information that's lacking in strictly text-based messaging.
Keep reading Show less