29 December 2009

On postponing pleasure

As we contemplate New Year's Resolutions... The link is about one it ought to be easy to keep; enjoy yourself--now! But it probably won't be.

The other side of the coin is a phone-in I heard this lunch-time while driving; it's full of wild generalisations and stereotyping as these things always are, but it addresses the question why the UK's children are among the most miserable in the developed world. One reason may be that they tend to be spoilt, and they are no longer taught "deferred gratification", or precisely that postponement of pleasure the NY Times article bemoans...

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