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 

1 comment:

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