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The Surprising Science of Happiness
Old 06-04-2016, 08:28 AM   #1
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The Surprising Science of Happiness

We have discussed happiness here before.

I ran across this excellent TED talk on the science of happiness by Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert. It clarified a few things for me.

Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that weíll be miserable if we donít get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things donít go as planned.


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Old 06-04-2016, 09:41 AM   #2
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I have watched that enjoyed it as well. The TED talks on happiness have influenced how we spend our retirement and especially how we spend our money in retirement. There is the advertisers' version of happiness and the latest science version and luckily the science version is a lot less expensive.

Even clouds seem bright and breezy, 'Cause the livin' is free and easy, See the rat race in a new way, Like you're wakin' up to a new day (Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether lyrics, Alan Parsons Project, based on an EA Poe story)
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Old 06-05-2016, 09:01 PM   #3
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I had a friend back in university who always chafed when his father complained of going to work in the morning, the next day, etc. As my friend said, his dad is going to go to work anyways, so why complain about it, just accept it already. I try to use this thinking in my life, such as being overly cautious or being irrationally anxious about some event. I invariably fail.
Dr. Gilbert's TED Talk puts some perspective to my perceptive friend.
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