Wednesday, November 24, 2010

People might just be gladder

"In another study he conducted in 1989 with David Watson, they found
that even the kvetchiest patients, those with the least-positive
attitudes, who complained most about their symptoms, turned out to be
no objectively sicker than those with low negative affect. It was nice
to find out, then, that if one is characterologically incapable of not
being a total fuckface, science has not shown you will die any sooner.
People might just be gladder when you eventually do."

David Rakoff, Half Empty, Kindle edition, 7% into the book.

Rakoff is one of the funniest writers I know.