ASK people how they feel about getting older, and they will probably reply in the same vein as Maurice Chevalier: “Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.” Stiffening joints, weakening muscles, fading eyesight and the clouding of memory, coupled with the modern world's careless contempt for the old, seem a fearful prospect—better than death, perhaps, but not much. Life is not a long slow decline from sunlit uplands towards the valley of death. When people start out on adult life, they are, on average, pretty cheerful. Although as people move towards old age they lose things they treasure—vitality, mental sharpness and looks—they also gain what people spend their lives pursuing: happiness.
Things go downhill from youth to middle age until they reach a nadir commonly known as the mid-life crisis. This curious finding has emerged from a new branch of economics that seeks a more satisfactory measure than money of human well-being.
Conventional economics uses money as a proxy for utility—the dismal way in which the discipline talks about happiness.
"Morena and Ben are so happy to welcome baby girl Frances Laiz Setta Schenkkan on March 2,” the actors' reps told to Us Weekly.
“All are happy and healthy and appreciate the well wishes."PHOTOS: Celebrities' Postbaby Bikini Bodies Frances is the O. alum's first child and Baccarin's second. The Firefly actress is already a mom of son Julius, 2, who she shares with her ex-husband, Austin Chick.
As previously reported, Chick claimed that he and his ex-wife were still together while she was dating Mc Kenzie.
Baccarin, meanwhile, stated in court that she is in a "new committed relationship" and that she has plans to marry Mc Kenzie in the future. Sign up now for the Us Weekly Style & Beauty newsletter to get celeb fashion, beauty tips and more delivered directly to your inbox.
These ideas have penetrated the policy arena, starting in Bhutan, where the concept of Gross National Happiness shapes the planning process.
All new policies have to have a GNH assessment, similar to the environmental-impact assessment common in other countries.In 2008 France's president, Nicolas Sarkozy, asked two Nobel-prize-winning economists, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, to come up with a broader measure of national contentedness than GDP. Just four months after giving birth, Morena Baccarin hit the red carpet, showcasing her slim postbaby body at the 6th Annual Gen R Summer Party hosted by International Rescue Committee in NYC on Tuesday, July 19.PHOTOS: The Hottest Celeb Post-Baby Bodies The Deadpool actress, who met Mc Kenzie, 37, while costarring on the Fox series Gotham, made her official postbaby debut while promoting the series at the Fox Upfronts in May.She chose a cobalt blue, wrap-style dress for the occasion that accented her teeny waistline just two months after giving birth.Baccarin and Mc Kenzie announced the arrival of their daughter in a statement in March.