值得高兴的事

伦敦——我提笔写这篇文章时,我妻子抛出了一个应景的难题:“圣诞节就要到了,人们应该享受和平快乐。你就不能写点让人高兴的话题?”

这个要求看似轻松实则艰巨。埃博拉病毒正在西非毁灭生活、吞噬生命。叙利亚和伊拉克正遭受伊斯兰暴徒的威胁。俄国总统普京派部队入侵克里米亚和东乌克兰。此外还有摇摇欲坠的全球经济。这种情况下似乎很难找到“节日的快乐”。

但快乐是个复杂的问题。穷人可能比“幸运”的有钱人更能感受到幸福。正是这样的矛盾让社会学和神经学研究致力于回答这个古老的问题——“什么才是快乐的秘诀?”。

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