Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Why Happiness is the Wrong Pursuit

By Christine Carter | December 11, 2014 | 1 Comment      

The way to lead a joyful life is not to pursue happiness for ourselves, argues Christine Carter, but to pursue it for others
                                     
Money doesn’t buy happiness. Obvious, right?

On some abstract level, we know that money and other outward signs of success won’t ultimately make us happy—perhaps because we know wealthy or famous or powerful people who are deeply unhappy—but on another level, we don’t really believe it… or at least we don’t believe it applies to us. Money might not buy other people happiness, we think, but I know I’d be happier living in a bigger house in a better neighborhood, driving a different car.
Why do we experience such a disconnect between what we know to be true in the abstract and what we believe is true for us?
Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the GGSC. She is the author of <em><a href=“http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553392042?ie=UTF8&tag=gregooscicen-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0553392042”>The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work</a></em> (forthcoming in January of 2015) and <em><a href=“http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345515617?ie=UTF8&tag=gregooscicen-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0345515617”>Raising Happiness</a></em>. Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the GGSC. She is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work (forthcoming in January of 2015) and Raising Happiness.

I think a big part of the answer is that our choices are driven not by fame or fortune but by the pursuit of happiness itself—and we’re going about it in the wrong way, because we’re not sure what better alternatives exist. We buy things and experiences that might bring us some momentary feelings of delight and cheer. But will they truly bring us deeper feelings of happiness and satisfaction with our lives—the feeling that our life is, in the end, meaningful?

Read the full article here:  http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_happiness_is_the_wrong_pursuit 

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”     

                                                      –Helen Keller

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Power of One Positive, Determined Person Is Truly Amazing

We've all seen examples of what one driven, positive person can do -- the difference they can make in the chosen area of their focus is truly impressive.  What is equally important is the good example they provide us all for what living really looks like.

At a recent sustainability conference, I was blown away by the guy in this video.  Faced with so many reasons to be angry and ugly, he instead channeled that energy into profound change for the kids he works with and the community he is making better.

This is what God wants from us all - to use our gifts and our passion to help our fellow people and build true community.  What a beautiful example of a man really living his purpose -- and a big inspiration to me -- and I hope to you.

Enjoy!

http://www.greenbiz.com/video/how-green-bronx-machine-upends-sustainability-education 

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