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Gloom is good

Wipe that smile off your face—research suggests being grumpy helps us think more clearly

By Glenda Cooper   February 2010

The coldest winter for 30 years. Britain the last G20 country to beat the recession. And now four months of Nick Clegg on the stump. No wonder US students refer to depression at this time of year as a “February funk.” But can anything be done?

This February is also the month that Harvard academic Derek Bok publishes The Politics of Happiness (Princeton University Press) asking whether governments should really try to make their citizens happier. Answer: yes, not through promoting economic growth, but through environmental policies, healthcare and strengthening marriage and the family.

Bok’s is the latest…

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