Nicholas Kraft with Live Happy shares if happiness is important.
Episode 1597: Is Happiness Important? by Nicholas Kraft with Live Happy on How To Pursue Being Happy
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of optimal living daily. This is optimal. Living daily episode, fifteen ninety seven is happiness important by Nicholas Craft with live, happy dot, com,
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when setting out to make a documentary about happiness with em shell. I would not have considered this subject to be controversial. Thought provoking. You bet
the catalyst for conversations among audiences, hopefully born
venture began more than a year ago. I certainly didn't think we'd be met with scepticism, but we have a great deal of it, so things worth investigating the doubt weaving countered
I'll travelling the country overwhelmingly, the people we met honour adventure had been supportive and optimistic about. The project may seem to immediately get it and understand the importance of what we set out to do. Perhaps this is, why have begun pay more attention to the dissenting voices of.
Kept us his on the stand out more in a sea of positivity. To be clear, these are not people whom I would characterizes grouchy or contrary, and in fact many of them are delightfully upbeat and happy. But I have come to appreciate their scepticism about the importance of happiness. Is my somethin
If you have come to this article, Visa live happy, you do not fall in this camp of sceptics in critics is also my assumption.
Like me, you believe happiness is important. Happiness is a universe
human desire happiness is an utter,
Annabelle rights and a fundamental building block of success. Right. Maybe not. I don't leave this group of dissenters as the opposition.
But rather as allies in the journey to leading a happier life. In fact, I believe those of us living on a steady diet of self help and how to be happier list
may find. The greatest insights into living. Happy come from the conversations I've had with the sceptics rather than the happiest people in America relate to present their case, which are defined by three statements about happiness
because I believe doing so, will help those looking to lead happier lives number one happiness is not important. Number to happiness is selfish and number three happiness is detrimental to progress. Number one happiness
not borned? Our first task is defining important, overwhelm
evidence suggests happiness is important. So long as your desired outcome is recovering from illness, faster earning, more money appearing more attractive in relieving stress, very few people. If anyone could seriously argue that these are not important, but for some the larger question.
Of importance has less to do with a standard of living and more to do with this question. What's it all about
if you're listening to this hoping that I'll, let you know what it's all about, that is the meaning of life you're gonna, be disappoint,
it as I'm not quite sure weird, since most twenty three year old claimed to have it all figured out. Instead, I'm going to point out that for a large group of people or aforementioned sceptics, what it's all about is not
in us, as I said before, there not curmudgeon Goringe is or clinically insane their artists or some art
may very well be clinically insane, but it certainly not a requirement. I uses label describe anyone whose primary quest is creation. A painter is an artist whose brushstrokes withstand centuries of change and remind us of our cultural roots,
a novelist as an artist whose words provoke our imaginations to explore new worlds in astrophysicist is an artist whose theories and calculations help translate. The mysteries of the car.
Most into language. In common understanding, this group is not motivated by a pursuit of happiness and often fleeting feeling, but instead by desire to make sense,
of the world. They want to leave behind tangible evidence of their accomplishments in hopes of enriching lives, even
There's has ended, of course, one byproduct of discovering a new particle or receiving a standing ovation.
Is the warm glow. We call happiness, but that is not their principal motivator. What is most important is the feeling they receive, but the effect of the
work. Perhaps, as one of the reasons our society as the tortured artist, archetype number to happiness is selfish.
I must admit that, while none of the sceptics are grouchy, there has certainly been an undertone of disdain for the self help industry. There are a number of influencing factors, but I believe the common belief is that self help with regards to happiness is primarily self serving. The individual is the sole recipient of that dopamine release and, while happiness is absolutely clear,
aegis. Most people are not looking to be happier for the benefit of those around them. Even more upsetting to this group is the belief that self help arises from
growing amount of narcissism within our society. Despite what our founding fathers road for most of our countries, history, people were not entitled to feel happy. That said, being happy or wanting to be happy does not make you selfish, in fact, through this project,
Over that, many of the happiest people in the country are also the most selfless acts of service yield. The best return on investment take no this, as will return to this point in a moment, and number three happiness is detrimental to progress quote to achieve great things. Two things are needed, a plan and not enough time,
Leonard bursting, most people have the expression, a fire under Europe, and I imagine
at all have considered it wouldn't willingly sit on a worker chair, atop, a campfire.
The reality is necessity drives
nation and progress, but so does stress as industry
by letter, Bernstein, brilliant observation about the need for not enough time when charting personal growth. I have observed that the largest leaps come during times of stress is not to say that stress and happiness are mutually exclusive, but
a great amount of self help. Literature focuses on eliminating stress and nestling into a place of easiness. It is for this week
then that many believe happiness is detrimental to progress, why push boundaries and
your outside of your comfort zone. If you're happy,
doing so may result in stress for
Sharon and a sun depletion of your once blissful state. The good news, one of our very first
your views on this journey was with a professor of psychology at University of California Berkeley, Iris MOSS Phd. We were drawn to Iris after reading paper, she publish titled
can seeking happiness. Make people happy paradoxical effects of valuing happiness in this paper iris and her colleagues detail their findings. Supporting
claim. The pursuit and valuing of happiness can actually have paradoxical effects, in other words, pursuing happiness
can make you more unhappy. What Doktor MOSS pointed out to us, though, is that her findings do not say that it is impossible to pursue happiness. You just have to be trick
about it, and this, I believe, is the reason we should all listen to the artists who have expressed scepticism about the importance of happiness. The good news is that you too
Who can be an artist, maybe not in the sense that you should courtyard
job and hold out for an exhibit at New York. Museum of modern art.
But certainly in the way you should go, thou ranging life importance
If I were you're after and accept that there is a part of you that does not want to be happy, but instead, Hungary, for some people that parts
its louder than for others, but no one is full all the time in those moments of hunger. I challenge you to consider that happiness may not be the most important thing you can strive for. Instead attempt to solve a problem, find meaning or create work that benefits others
before acts of service are among the best things you can do for yourself. If we remember that
nearly all forms of art in creation are acts of service. There is practically no limit to the happiness you can create. Let happiness be the pleasant byproduct of your pursuits, not the pursuit itself
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lists for what I consider a much different kind of posting. What we often hear on the show and super important, especially in these current times,.
You think there can be a lot of selfishness in pursuing self help, but have taken from the context of us as a group, including our family, friends and really the world
then we can make more and better progress, as you might have her on the show, if not one of our,
others. If you want to be happy, try making some
else happy likely flow right back to something to keep in my
but they'll do for today. Thank you for listening is ticking around until the end of a great weekend, a realist
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