On Jun 20, 9:09 pm, benjayk <benjamin.jaku...@googlemail.com> wrote:
> Jason Resch-2 wrote:
>
> > An interesting video related to the discussion:
>
> >http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy.html
>
> > Interesting point: Lottery winners and those who become paraplegic have
> > the
> > same level of happiness after a year.
>
> A very interesting talk.
>
> We tend to totally missestimate what makes us happy. Having money will not
> make you happy if you don't know what to do with this money to make you
> happy (buying a house and a car probably won't) or if you are fearful to
> lose it again or if alienate your friends.
>
> Being paraplegic is not the end of the world, as we imagine. It is a major
> hinderance, but most things we do really care about don't get lost (you can
> use your mind, have friends, even do sports,...), so why shouldn't we be
> able to still be happy?
>
> What really makes us happy is doing what we really find important, being
> satisified with what we have and not being in situations that directly cause
> unpleasant feelings (chronic pain, depression, imprisonment). And most of
> all, our neurochemistry. All feelings supervene on our neurochemistry.
Actually there is a shortcut to happiness.It is being happy.Happiness
is a state of mind..
practice it to be happy.by doing what we really find important we get
pleasures,not joy.

>
> This is both really bad and really good news. If you have a really screwed
> up neurochemistry, you might be depressed and you really can't do much
> against it, no matter whether you try hard. But it also means that we don't
> have to walk a long and hard road to become happy (like many religious and
> spiritual teachings want us to believe, like reincarnation), we just have to
> know the trick to make us happy. We don't know very good tricks yet, but we
> might discover them relatively soon.
>
> There might be something like ectasy without neurotoxic properties and
> without disturbance of the balance of our neurochemistry. Or brain implants
> might do the trick. Unfortunately it is not widely believed that it is okay
> to manipulate you neurochemistry to be happy. Many ways to do it are
> illegal.
> It is really a joke to write the right to pursue happiness into the
> constitution and throw people in a cage for doing it.
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