Happiness – a theory

It seems to me that everyone should spend at least some time developing a personal theory of happiness.  There are very few things we do the motivation for which can not be reduced to seeking happiness.  The better we understand what makes us happy, the better a chance we have of being happy.  We frequently view happiness as a state we will achieve after some external event occurs.  Sometimes we posit external events, or other people, as sources of our unhappiness.  Far more likely, it seems to me, is that we become happier as we acknowledge the relatively infinite potential we have here and now to be happier.  Because the human brain is not a truth-seeking device as such, we must examine the evidence with caution, as we attempt to discern what, in any given day, has made us most happy, and proceed from there.

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2 Responses to “Happiness – a theory”

  1. mindymunizaga Says:

    i agree, too many people wallow in their misery and not enough people put thought and consideration into finding what makes them truely happy, and then striving for it.

  2. ehard Says:

    Mindy, thanks for your comment. I’ll flesh this thing out in short order. In reference to your request for nature-nuture commentary [elsewhere], you might take a look at Steven Pinker’s Blank Slate. In the Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt also acknowledges a “genetic lottery” while holding out considerable hope for everyone to improve their general happiness.

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