http://www.ted.com Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

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  1. Daniel G
    Daniel G says:

    In a time to come, morals will degenerate to an extreme degree. It is essential that children be reared in the Bahá'í way, that they may find happiness both in this world and the next. If not, they shall be beset by sorrows and troubles, for human happiness is founded upon spiritual behaviour.
    'Abdu'l-Bahá

  2. dharma 3
    dharma 3 says:

    Most of what science claims about human evolution has proved false and scientists still don't understand the human body, so the first few minutes turned me off but the rest of the video was interesting & made great points.

  3. Dan Smith
    Dan Smith says:

    In the Hagakure (The Book of the Samurai), there is a virtue that states:

    “In the words of the ancients, one should make his decisions within the space of seven breaths. Lord Takandobu said, “If discrimination is long, it will spoil.” Lord Naoshige said, “When matters are done leisurely, seven out of ten will turn out badly. A warrior is a person who does things quickly.

    When your mind is going hither and thither, discrimination will never be brought to a conclusion. With an intense, fresh and underlaying spirit, one will make his judgments within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break right through to the other side.”

  4. user255
    user255 says:

    The studies were about preference, not about happiness. Two very different things. Photo or painting does not make your life happy or unhappy, no matter how you chose or be denied to chose.
    Also some weird anecdotes of happy prison life etc, does NOT mean people are generally happy in jail etc. If it were that easy, there wouldn't be sadness or bad choices in life.
    Just forget the obsession about happiness and focus on life itself. Try to figure out what you like to do and what feels meaningful to you. Happiness comes if it comes, you cannot force it.

  5. Lara Hamilton
    Lara Hamilton says:

    Did he define what he means by “happiness”? Being happy with a thing and the qualities of that thing certainly gives us a clue about creating happiness in our lives. However, I’m not sure we can generalize this. Very thought-provoking though. I do believe we have a lot more power over learning to be content in our lives than most people realize.

  6. h
    h says:

    natural happiness doesn't last cause you might get one good thing & be happy about it for a little but hardship always follows.. be good at synthesising happiness & you can find good in any situation.

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