Beatles: The meaning is in the chords

A very interesting linguistic analysis of the Beatles songs, and how meaning is conveyed by chord change. Written by Ger Tillekens from the Netherlands, this requires some knowledge of music, and of linguistics, but is an amazing look at how the two interact to provide meaning.

Is happiness U-shaped?

According to research at the NBER, the life-cycle of humans these days contains a fluctuation in happiness. We start out our life relatively happy, and it declines gradually to a point, and then starts rising, which looks like a “U” shape on a graph. The bottom point for men is 49, and 45 for women. I’m just at the point where things should start looking up. Hope they are for you.