Pascal said

Pascal said that man’s unhappiness comes from his inability to stay in his room alone. For many people, staying alone in their rooms is not a problem. Scientists can stay alone in their laboratories for long hours. Perhaps, scientists respond better to positive events and opportunities around them. Perhaps, scientists can wear rose tinted glasses better. Scientists are happy people, because they understand that satisfaction is not always a function of engineering and economics. Scientists are also boring people. James Watson lists several happy tips in one of his books. The first is to avoid boring people. Brightest are often the biggest bores. They expect adoration, not criticism, from one and all. In order to remain sharp, Watson says, try to be surrounded by sharper people. “An intelligent team mate can shorten your flirtation with a bad idea.” Watson suggests to make a team of two people, as a scientific team of more than two is a crowded affair. Young and not-so-famous colleagues are perhaps preferable as professional contacts. These persons help you to keep your brain moving. Most importantly, Watson advises us to avoid gathering of more than two Nobel Prize winners. Watson’s ‘double helix’ partner Francis Crick has an interesting anecdote to tell in his autobiography. When Crick realised that “we had stumbled onto something important,” he went home and told his wife, “We seemed to have made a big discovery.” His wife recalls years later, that she hadn’t believed a word of it. Whatever you might have become, remember that in the eyes of your spouse you are nothing more than, as Carl Sagan would say, a “pale blue dot.” Scientists are happy people because they know that “married people are generally happier than singles, but that may be because they were happier to begin with.”