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Pursuit of Happiness

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    3301 NE 1st Ave Unit 100, Miami, FL (map)

    25.807905 -80.192856

  • It can be argued than everyone is in pursuit of happiness. Happiness has been considered to be so fundamentally important that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” were deemed unalienable rights by the Declaration of Independence. More recently, there has been a movement within psychology to study what makes us content in our lives and the rise of an entire “happiness industry” to aid people in their quest for this very concept. So, given all of this, how happy are we? What is happiness made of, and how can we become happier? 

    Is happiness an emotion, or is it more about living a good life? We’ll discuss whether there’s a connection between happiness and optimism, and the difference between short-term pleasure and long-term meaning and sense of purpose. We’ll also explore why some people develop depression and abuse substances, and whether some individuals are just naturally happier than others. 

    Finally, are there universal aspects of a fulfilling and flourishing life? How much does it depend on an individual’s circumstances, and does it vary greatly from country to country, from culture to culture? Is it possible to be truly, 100% happy, or is this as unattainable as perfection? This and more will be discussed. Come join us!

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  • Melissa

    Hey guys, I've postponed the discussion due to Basel craziness. We'll meet in 2 weeks. Sorry for the inconvenience, hope to see you there!

    November 30

  • Alain

    This is a tough one! I'll defer to the master of the Universe on such matters.

    http://www.nathanielbranden.com/reflections-on-happiness

    PS this is my master of the universe, find your own!

    1 · November 23

    • Alain

      I've read a lot of his stuff. I'd say he is fairly "realistic" about his "happiness" ideas. May be tough to get a "feel" for his take with just one article but, he is definitely not the "chant a 'serenity prayer' while looking into a mirror a thousandths times" type of guy.

      He is more of don't negate (make unreal what actually exits) reality. Don't negate pain, sorrow, or sadness. Don't negate it but don't dwell on it either. Learn what you can. Use for your ultimate goal. Happiness! He is "Aristotelian"­ in that sense. Happiness is the goal and the end in itself.

      http://www.pursuit-of...­

      November 26

    • Mark B.

      Yeah, Alain...I see what you mean about the Pursuit of Happiness Project being a better rounded site. I think the choice for that article wasn't a good primer. Someone who does a really good job of "breathing through" emotional setbacks is Teal Swan...she has a somewhat Zen approach with: Want to be Happy? Give up on Happiness! https: //youtu.be/41C8hGQQqHA If you get something from her you might also like to check a few of her other related YouTube videos like: The Fastest Way to Happiness and Fear of the Future. I'll have a better look around the POH site when I get a chance...thanks for opening this up further. :)

      November 27

  • Arielle

    Hello everyone,
    I wish I could attend but I have to work late that day.
    Keep in mind this meeting will take place during the Art Basel Miami Beach week....the traffic will be very heavy and parking spots will be scarce....Art Miami, Context and other fairs will be taking place nearby, drawing thousands of local and international visitors.
    Right on target for the pursuit of happiness :-)
    See you soon.

    2 · November 15

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