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Re: [The-Saint-Paul-Socrates-Cafe] The Happiness Hypothesis

From: Biljana C.
Sent on: Friday, June 29, 2012 12:27 AM
My name is Biljana and I have just recently joined this group. So far  
I haven't been to your Wednesday meetings... I do get these discussion  
emails and they sound very intelectual.  I was wondering if one needs  
to have a degree in philosophy to be member of this group... Or simply  
being curios and a person who wonders a lot would suffice?

In respose to this particular email on the hypothesis of happiness I  
would say that every person is already happy. It's just that as we  
grow up and get influenced by, first parents, then social circles,  
society, culture..etc we get confused and lost. We dont know who we  
are and how to live our lives. Then we learn that we have to gain or  
acomplish things from these four categories, to be happy and to be  
accepted, but au contraire. I think happiness is already inside of us  
and when a person realizes that will then simply enjoy life as it is.


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On Jun 28, 2012, at 1:34 PM, Jon Anderson <[address removed]> wrote:

> p. 142-
> . . . adversity might be necessary for optimal human development.  
> Most of the life goals that people pursue . . . Can be sorted . . .  
> into four categories: work and achievement, relationships and  
> intimacy, religion and spirituality, and generativity (leaving a  
> legacy and contributing something to society). Although it is  
> generally good to pursue goals, not all goals are equal. People who  
> strive for wealth and achievement are . . . less happy, on average,  
> than those whose strivings focus on the other three  
> categories. . . . Because human beings were shaped by evolutionary  
> processes to pursue success, not happiness, people will  
> enthusiastically pursue goals that will help them win prestige in  
> zero-sum competitions. Success in these competitions feels good but  
> gives no lasting pleasure, and it raises the bar for future success
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