2 thoughts on “Ursinus Magazine Winter 2012

  1. i loved the beautiful photos of the college. if i can get it on line, these photos can be stored easily. i always read the magazines and think they are top quality in all respects.

  2. I enjoyed the article on Happiness in this issue, and the related graphic of “20 Tips on Happiness.” While the majority of them seem like wholesome and healthful tips toward living a happy life, I take issue with the following:

    “Money buys happiness. Those who can afford to have their basic material needs taken care of are happier than those who cannot.”

    I have two concerns. First, the initial sentence, “Money buys happiness.” It seems to me that there is significant research refuting that very notion. Furthermore, it seems out of character at best and irresponsible at worst for a professor of philosophy/ethics to espouse the virtues of attaining financial wealth in order to be happy.
    (In fact, another “tip” undermines this claim by stating that while the US is one of the wealthiest countries, we are ranked 16th in happiness.)

    The second sentence is also somewhat skewed: Doesn’t it seem a bit underwhelming to claim that if our “basic material needs” are met we will be happier than if they are not? Aren’t “basic material needs” things like food, shelter, and clothing? Aren’t these things we would also call “essentials”? While I agree that it is true that I’d be less happy were I starving, homeless and unclothed, I find that a relatively low bar with which to measure my level of “happiness.”

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