As David Dobbs reports on Neuron Culture, the use of antidepressants in the US has nearly doubled in the last decade. David agrees with fellow neuroblogger Neuroskeptic in attributing the increase to a broadened definition of depression. But if Americans are becoming more depressed, there is hope on the other side of the coin as scientists turn up new insights into what makes us happy. On The Frontal Cortex, Jonah Lehrer tell us money can buy us happiness—but only if spent properly. Dave Munger of Cognitive Daily discusses a study in Psychological Science that demonstrates how our perception of time affects our enjoyment of various activities. The less time we believe we have to do something, the more we will savor the moment. And in a video being passed around between ScienceBloggers, director Will Hoffman offers a glimpse into a universe of fleeting moments, now available for all to savor.
- Morning Dip – Depression doubles; swine flu packs for a move north on Neuron Culture
- Money and Happiness on The Frontal Cortex
- Focusing on how little time you have left can make you happier on Cognitive Daily
- Moments on The Frontal Cortex