Coffee And Happiness


Pic of the day:  The Outcast, by Sandro Botticelli

“Dammit, I forgot to make the coffee, booohooohooo…”

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Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher qualities.

Aristotle, Politics

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Viddy of the day:  Chase that happy!

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Coffee makes you live longer?  That’s what the headline in the businessweek story says.  But after reading the actual story, not even looking at the study’s results themselves, just reading someone else’s words on the study(which has all the biases of the person who read it on top of all the biases that wrote the report) I get the feeling that the story is much ado about nothing.

And that is coming from a guy who drinks a minimum of one pot of coffee a day. I WANT coffee to make me live longer!

Let me explain about the study.  402,000 people were involved.  In the course of the study, which apparently took 13 years (1995 – 2008) according to the story, over 50,000 people involved in the study died.  The men who drank 2 or 3 cups of coffee were 10% less likely to die than those who didn’t, and women were 13% less likely to die than their coffee drinking counterparts.

The numbers beg a question.  Which of the numbers is normal?  Are the coffee drinkers living normal lives while the other people cut their lives short with other behaviors?  Could that 13% and 10%  less liable to die number the norm, meaning the people who died during the survey were in fact dying young, 10 to 13% younger than they should due to other behaviors?

That would make the point not that coffee drinkers live longer, but that some people die younger than others and there is simply no way to know why. Given all the behaviors that humans take part in that could potentially do good or harm, how small a piece of the pie was coffee in these peoples lives?

It is very hard to actually quantify what it was that helped those who survived longer do so, and if coffee had any effect in any way whatsoever.  The person who ran the study said it was difficult to quantify the effect, and said that “there may actually be a modest benefit of drinking coffee.”(emphasis added)  Other behaviors affected the people in the study.  Smoking was mentioned by name in the article.

Another thought:  2/3’s of the people in the study drank coffee, and 50,000 died.  I’m guessing there were a great many coffee drinkers that bought the farm during the study.

Coffee may give a modest benefit to those who drink it, but that’s about it.

Hell… I dunno… Maybe I need more coffee.

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And after reading that story, I read another businessweek story, this one titled “THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE TO FIRE IMMEDIATELY”  The first two groups of people that should be fired?

Victims and nonbelievers.

The victims are portrayed as people who complain they don’t get paid enough and call the boss clueless.  Seriously.

That’s not a victim, that’s what you call an employee.   I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who thinks they get paid too much, or enough for that matter.  And everyone has thought at one point that their boss was clueless.   If the boss wasn’t clueless (about the wants and needs of employees, something most bosses overlook, and something which is vitally important to the smooth running of an office), no one would think he or she was a clueless fuck.

The third group of people these writers (it actually took 2 people to write this loser article) said should be fired?  The know-it-alls.  Meaning the know-it-alls who wrote the article just argued that they should be immediately fired.  They just wrote the most uppity know-it-all article I’ve ever read about work.  It is really about being a shitty boss, about how to be an effective shitty boss.

Ya, just fire people.  If that makes you a better boss, losing weight would make you a better person.  But we all know it doesn’t work like that.  If you are a fat asshole and you lose the fat, you don’t lose “asshole” you lose weight.

Now, I know the people who wrote this article are looking for innovation in the workforce.  But I will be blunt with these troglodytes.  Not everyone is an innovator.  Not everyone can be.  They seriously need to get over the need to want everyone to be good office slaves.  Getting rid of people who disagree with the culture is a great way to destroy the culture from within.  Yes men suck.

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I found my happiness.  It involves pointing at the wrong in the world and screaming the word “BULLSHIT!!!” at the top of my lungs.

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That’s it for today, America. G’night.

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