Dispatch December 2009

The Most-Read Articles of 2009

1.    “What Makes Us Happy?” by Joshua Wolf Shenk (June 2009)
The story of a Harvard researcher named George Vaillant, and the octogenarians whose well-being he has charted for the better part of a century, attracted more views than any Atlantic article ever posted online. After reading this story, New York Times columnist David Brooks compared its subjects to Dostoyevsky characters and noted, “There is a complexity to human affairs before which science and analysis simply stand mute.”

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