And there are some surprising findings:
- People who drink in moderation are happier than people who don’t drink at all.
- Men tend to be happier in a society where women enjoy greater equality.
- Being considered good looking increases men’s happiness more than it does women’s.
- You tend to be happier if you think you’re good looking, rather than if you actually, objectively speaking, are.
- Having children lowers your happiness levels, but your happiness increases when they grow up and leave home.
Ambassador Ronnås also emphasised the need to digitalise: “We think of a library as a place with shelves upon shelves filled with books, and so it should be. However a library which aims to offer information and knowledge cannot confine itself to one kind of media. Today literature is not only presented in the form of printed books. A good book could be found on your screen, in this way a library must make use of the tools that can open the curious reader to the ocean of knowledge. It must respond to modern technology.”
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and to the future. To all inspiring motives, to noble deeds which can be gained from the past, we are welcome. But now is the time, the important time. Your fathers have lived, died, and have done their work, and have done much of it well. You live and must die, and you must do your work. You have no right to enjoy a child’s share in the labor of your fathers, unless your children are to be blest by your labors. You have no right to wear out and waste the hard-earned fame of your fathers to cover your indolence.