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

From: Mike M.
Sent on: Thursday, June 28, 2012 6:53 PM
It is irrefutable that people are born with different level of intelligence; sometimes vastly differing levels. Levels of ambition/motivation may not be so easy to categorize; e.g., an aspiring olympic athlete, obsessed garage-type tinkerer, starving artist who will die before his greatness is acknowledged, a child from a poor family desperate to reverse his shabby life, a corporation president who seems to enjoy cutting jobs so that his factories cost less to operate and greatly reward his investors.The above ''Outliers'' would likely not see merit in spending more evenings with their families or pissing away their lives in some church. What your author is describing as 'optimal' is a lifestyle for the Readers Digest set: People grazing about contentedly like Borden's famous cows.
The people who live outside everyday experience are the ones who have the most to teach us.
From: Jon Anderson <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, June 28,[masked]:34 PM
Subject: [The-Saint-Paul-Socrates-Cafe] The Happiness Hypothesis

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. . . 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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