Happiness: What’s the big deal?

The Happiness Factor

Seek Pleasure, Avoid Pain – according to Freud, we are instinctually hardwired to do so.

In the Buddha’s Brain, Rick Hanson says that neuroscience shows that we are hardwired biologically toward the negative for survival – think – what’s wrong with this picture (what’s not right in my environment? Oh, that lion creeping up on me).

Where do you invest your time and attention to increase your happiness factor?

  • Making money?
  • Becoming famous?
  • High Achievement?

75-year Harvard study shows good relationships are key to happiness and improve healthiness and longevity.

Our longings and worries are overblown because we have the capacity to manufacture the very commodity we are constantly chasing when we choose experience. Dan Gilbert speaking on synthetic happiness.

How much time and effort would a 10% increase in your happiness factor be worth?

10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives

Dale Carnegie – Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.