Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

Click here for the results of the previous contest: Lost Productivity

Last week's question: In our Wit & Wisdom column last week, we quoted writer Alain de Botton's observation: "A good half of the art of living is resilience." What is the other half?


THE WINNER: Doing stupid things that require you to be resilient
Donald Plotnick, Raleigh, N.C.

SECOND PLACE: A good lawyer
Cathy McCoy, Kansas City, Mo.

 THIRD PLACE: Chocolate
Janine Witte, New Hope, Pa.

Stephanie Hull, Pittsburgh

Ignoring Morons
Paul Carroll, Garland, Texas

1/3 social skills and 1/3 math skills
Charlie & Mary Parry, Catonsville, Md.

Brian Clardy, Hudson, N.H.

A tolerance of buffoonery at the highest levels of government
Mark Weaver, Redondo Beach, Calif.

Not dying 
Keith Hudson, Tucson

Keeping your eye on the bagel, not the hole
Kathy El-Assal, Middleton, Wis.

Laughing...at oneself
Patricia Stallone, Bristol, Pa.

Keeping one’s mouth shut
Shlomo and Sarah Elspas, Los Angeles

Paul Knauer, San Jose

Tilting at windmills
Bill Ashforth, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Ron Gardner, Mentor, Ohio

Avoiding in-laws 
Matthew Steuer, Covington, Ky.

Finding the remote
William Shirk, West Mifflin, Pa.

Selective memory
Thatcher Friese, Los Angeles

Satya Sridhar, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Lots of Band-Aids
Joan Millard, Toms River, N.J.

Listening to my wife
RB Ziegler, Birdsboro, Pa.

A high-fiber diet
Jesse Silverglate, Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Deleting unread emails
Angela James, Westminster, Md.

Eric Maki, Minneapolis