Burns and Happiness

The realization of how relative happiness is became very apparent to me some years ago when I was in the burn department. One day a new patient came to the burn department — Miri, a teenage girl.  Miri was 17 and her…

More on resilience

A couple months ago, I wrote about a study showing that those who had experienced a little (but not too much) adversity were better at handling physical pain than their pain-free counterparts. Now, a new study finds the same trend – but…

Pain decreases pain

In Chapter 6 of “The Upside of Irrationality” I wrote about the the process of adaptation, which is the process by which we get used to stuff — like pain, romantic partners, and new cars. Some of the personal experiences and experiments I…