Happiness · Personal · Self-Improvement

The Science of Happiness

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It seems almost comical that there can be a “Science of Happiness”. Traditionally, “Happiness” seems like it should come organically- something bestowed on you from an outside source. But the more I research this subject, the more I draw the same conclusion:

Happiness does not derive from the circumstances we find ourselves in, but how we choose to deal with those circumstances.

A few months ago I saw someone had posted the below TED talk from Dan Gilbert, a Harvard psychologist whose mission in life is studying happiness. The video has now received over 12.5 million views on the TED talk page. People are buzzing about it because,

DUH: EVERYONE WANTS TO BE HAPPY!

His book “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned. Watch the video below and you’ll see what he means by that.

Point is, if every single thing I’m reading tells me that happiness comes from within- more specifically with how I choose to adapt to my circumstances- then there’s probably something to it!

 

https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy.html

 

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