Online Extras Winter 2017

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The following online extras accompany the print version of the winter 2017 edition of the ​Forum​, the theme of which is Happiness.

“Boats Against the Current: American Pursuit of Happiness” by Jane Hill

Beattie, Ann. “Dwarf House.” The New Yorker Stories. New York: Scribner, 2010. 35-43.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1925. New York: Scribner, 1992.

Lodge, David. A Man of Parts. New York: Viking, 2011.

Nettle, Daniel. Happiness: The Science behind Your Smile. New York: Oxford UP, 2005.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. “An Apology for Idlers.” Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson (Annotated).  Ed. William Lyon Phelps. Kindle Edition. Amazon Digital Services. 25-38.


“Budgeting Happiness” by Robin Henager

Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton (2010). High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being. Center for Health and Well-being, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Social Security Administration. (2010). The Future Financial Status of the Social Security Program (by Stephen C. Goss). Social Security Bulletin, 70(3). Retrieved August 14, 2017 from:


“LOL and the World LOLs With You: Memes as Modern Folklore” by Lynne McNeill

1 As a folklorist, I feel obligated to begin essays this way.

2 This is the title of an excellent book on proverbs, written by the famous folklorist and paremiologist (proverb scholar) Wolfgang Mieder (


4 Google is great for finding additional examples of this and any meme; just be warned that many meme examples will be NSFW (not suitable for work, or, in other words, generally offensive).

5 For an informative read on how folklorists view the concept of tradition, check out Howard and Blank’s Tradition in the 21st Century.

6 Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 18 (2013) 362–377.

7 The evolution of memes is a key element of the concept from its very inception. Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the term meme in 1976, to describe the cultural analog to genes. 

8 Especially when they get published. Printed records of folklore, such as Grimms’ Fairy Tales, are common and useful, but we wouldn’t describe them as living folklore.

9 This is inherent in the root of the word “trivia”: the common point where three roads come together.

10 There is no separate Twitter or Instagram for black users; these terms refer to a self-identified group of socially and culturally active users of these platforms, mostly African Americans, who have proven “adept at bringing about a wide range of sociopolitical changes.”

11 Reaction GIFs are a subset of Internet memes that use images or short animations to indicate a particular type of reaction to someone’s comment or post. Rather than using an emoticon or emoji to indicate that you’re laughing, or rapt, or disgusted, you can use an image of a familiar character acting out that emotion for you.

12 Harambe the gorilla was shot by zookeepers in May 2016 at the Cincinnati Zoo, when a young boy fell into his enclosure. (





“To Your Happiness and Health” by Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., and Rosemarie Kobau

Eur Heart J. 2010 May; 31(9): 1065–1070.

Published online 2010 Feb 17. doi:  10.1093/eurheartj/ehp603

PMCID: PMC2862179

Editor’s Choice

Don’t worry, be happy: positive affect and reduced 10-year incident coronary heart disease: The Canadian Nova Scotia Health Survey

Karina W. Davidson, Elizabeth Mostofsky, and William Whang


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