Day 9: Tick-Tock Goes This Mortal Coil’s Clock
Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death
A Swedish inventor came up with a wristwatch that counts down the seconds left in your life. He calls it “the happiness watch” because he thinks living with the reality of one’s mortality can enhance how we value our lives.
Lulu Miller, National Public Radio (December 31, 2013)
At the very end of last year, National Public Radio ran a story by Lulu Miller about a watch that can ‘predict’ when you’re going to die.
It’s a clever invention that is obviously geared towards cultivating conversations about death and dying as opposed to locking-in a termination date.
I’m not sure that you need a watch to get those discussions rolling, but I’m open to all possibilities.
The wonder of producing the 31 Days of Death is that it’s possible to pull stories from the files that never made it to the Death Reference Desk for numerous reasons.
Give the story a listen. It’s time well spent.