Why are we happy?

Dan Gilbert is a Harvard psychologist who says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong. The author of Stumbling on Happiness, he challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. He says our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned. In this TED talk, he addresses a deceptively simple question: Why are we happy?

 

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6 Comments to “Why are we happy?”

  1. Truly happy??!! What makes us happy?!!! Am I the only person in the world with no happy immune system?

  2. Truly happy??!! Why are we happy?!!! Am I the only person in the world with no happy immune system?

  3. If you know somebody who is suffering from a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder and depression among others, it is not a good idea to simply leave them be and wait for them to sort out their disorders. In fact, that is one of the most common mistakes people commit when they notice that their friends or family members are suffering from certain disorders. They unknowingly cause their loved one to marinate in their negative feelings. So what is the right thing to do? Take them to a Holistic Treatment Center.

  4. Fattoush-I know what you mean. I’m not really sure what a happy immune system is….but it sounded kind of intriguing.

  5. If you know somebody who is suffering from a chemical dependency (drug use), alcoholism, or psychological problems, it is not a good idea to simply leave them be and wait for them to sort out their issues. In fact, that is one of the most common mistakes people commit when they notice that their friends or family members are suffering from certain disorders. They unknowingly cause their loved one to marinate in their negative feelings. So what is the right thing to do? Take them to a Residential Treatment Center.

  6. Well,I think what he is trying to say, is that sometimes our mind chooses to see the full half of the glass just to give us a little kick to carry on.

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