3 Annotated bibliography’s

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Uncategorized


Why money makes us unhappy. The levels of wealth have an extremely modest impact on levels of happiness, especially in developed countries. its sad, the richest nation in history, is becoming less pleased with life. in this world, it means, the more money, the more pleasure. we havebeen led to believe that dollars are delight in a fungible form, as the article says. A question comes up; “why doesnt money make us happy?” a man says, doing things that once brought me pleasure, and now it no longer does? by all the money we spend on expensive things that we enjoyed at first, makes us not enjoy the rest of the stuff in our every day life. we treat ourselves, but we end up spoiling ourselves with these things. by looking at money, it makes us less interested in releashing the minor pleasures of life.


It would seem the most natural and welcome thing in the world for a mother to express compassion for her children. (article says) a mother, when her child needs her, she is there to comfort, to be in their happiness, to sooth the pain, and more. the mother does everything without yelling “you kids are driving me nuts”. but mothers go with things that the child does, like saying things when walking on a bridge, talking to the child in understanding ways, maybe see a dead bird. the mother makes the child realize it and trying making the child do whats best. like “should we make a funeral for the poor thing?”. and saying everythign is a part of life. mothers always have a way of saying things. children feel things deeply when young, life crying over soemthing little, fighting over an armrest. the mother always has to deal with it, make things fair and sooths everything. parents are called apon to react. they always find a way to make things better.


Empathy is a complicated emotion, even for mice. (says the article) its like a mouse will act to someone in pain, but the mouse will act more in pain. or a monkey will help, only in friendly terms. but it says our species adds another layer of complication. this is basically saying that The Brain responds to any action performed by “one of us”, not to just signs of trouble. the brain makes you think of feel what a person feels. like if you see someone in pain, you stop and think about what if you were in that situation, in pain. its a way to look at human behavior. according toi the artical, it says ” It’s great to be able to ask people if they feel empathy, but it’s even better if you can measure it as well.” sometimes when you see pain or something, you can respond less if you have a low opinion of the person being hurt. alot of the people out there respond to more stuff if the person is of the same race. they respond more to it. everyone can also react that way by only watching a person drink a glass of water, like whites respond more to whites than to blacks or others. there are alot of tests out there, to measure degreese, the way the brain responds, how much care peopeol have toward others, just the way they respond, and many more.

  1. Mr. Adams says:

    I liked reading about these sources Jade: you tackled some good ones, and they all represent different areas of knowledge, so nice work casting your net wide.

    The one thing, though, that they have in common to me is that they are all somewhat “sciencey,” (and particularly the 1st and 3rd sources you mentioned), which reminds me of that first post you wrote about your interest in the medical field.

    If you haven’t done so, you should look up some books by Atul Gawande:


    …and Nicholas Christakis:


    These two are some of the best medical science writers today, and particularly with Christakis, I’ve had students really get amazed his book about connections.

    I hope this helps Jade, and if you have any questions at all about your project, just let me know (and keep up the good posts)!

    Mr. A

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