Science has had a good year.
That all sounds important, but will those developments improve your life in 2014?
Probably not, though I am going to set my aquarium back up and hope that algae to gasoline thing is true.
Fortunately, researchers in England are working on maximizing human happiness.
A whimsical Christmas study in the British Medical Journal concludes husbands need to be right to be happy.
Researchers conducted the study on just one couple, a woman who “would rather be right” and a “passive” husband.
Unbeknownst to his wife, the husband was instructed by researchers to ” agree with his wife’s every opinion and request without complaint. Even if he believed the female participant was wrong, the male was to bow and scrape.”
The man and woman both filled out “quality of life” surveys each day. During the study, the woman’s happiness level rose from 8 to 8.5 on a 1 to 10 scale.
The man’s happiness level plummeted from about 7 to 3.
It is not known how long the study was supposed to last, but it ended abruptly on day 12 when the man snapped and told his wife he was only being so agreeable because they had become human guinea pigs.
The husband told researchers the “female participant became increasingly critical of everything he did.”
The study concluded “being right is a cause of happiness, and agreeing with what one disagrees with is a cause of unhappiness.”
Most ex-wives would agree.
From the unhappy files: