We had a good discussion on "The Island Where People Forget to Die" during our last meetup. This time, I propose we use an article called "The Biology of Joy" as a starting point for a discussion on happiness.
Did you know that "happiness or related mental states like hopefulness, optimism and contentment appear to reduce the risk or limit the severity of cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension, colds and upper-respiratory infections"?
Are we wired from birth to have a certain level of happiness, or do we create our own happiness? What makes some people more able to handle adverse events in their lives than others? What influences mental attitudes?
How do we define happiness, and how can we create more of it? What is happening in our brain when we are happy?
Let's ponder these questions and more while enjoying some munchies in the Whole Foods Cafe (set apart from the store, in the back.)
If all goes well, I have two ideas for things to bring, one edible and one not, that may very well increase the happiness of those participating.
Hope to see you there!
Here is the article -