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I'm fairly in agreement with Mr. Leary's assessment.
Happiness comes in small doses folks. It's a cigarette, or a chocolate chip cookie, or a five second orgasm. That's it, ok! You cum, you eat the cookie, you smoke the butt, you go to sleep, you get up in the morning and go to #ing work, okay? That is it! End of #ing list!
Originally posted by Byrd
I'd agree with the article.
For the record, I have a very happy life -- and I do have all those expectations met. During the parts of my life where they were NOT met, I was a pretty unhappy camper.
Interesting research, and a timely post. I was just reviewing a Call For Papers for the annual meeting of the American Ethnologist Society in Georgia (2004) and they were asking for papers on crisis and the attitudes of the American public. So this was in the back of my mind as I encountered your post!
Don't know if I'll do something about crisis and cyberspace (I haven't come up with a thesis for this idea) but your link was a useful datapoint to encounter!
Originally posted by MaskedAvatar
If the key points of the article are these:
Scientists Claim Satisfaction in Life Is Made Up of Three Things
What would it take to make you really satisfied with your life? According to decades of research by a husband and wife team of psychologists at the University of Michigan, you need to put yourself in an environment that meets three basic human needs.
To make your way down the road to happiness you need to feel competent and believe that you can make a difference. You also need to understand what the heck is going on around you and have the opportunity to choose your own options.
.... then I think the article has contradicted itself.
This is entering into semantics, but it's an important distinction. Happiness is not the same as satisfaction.
Notice how it moves into being 'down the road to happiness' by having these feelings of association with others and the outside world. These definitions of 'satisfaction' are all about the outward path, about goal setting and feeling a sense of attainment and influencing the world in some way.
They are fine for people who would only be 'happy' by measuring their material attainments along these lines.
But that to me is not happiness.
To me, anyone who is always in the future (planning, goal setting) and in the past (evaluating how they went along the dimensions of their plans and goals) is someone who is never in the moment. The world trains corporated drones and business people and bureaucrats to be this way.
These people cannot be happy, unless they have also learned to be in the moment.
If you cannot fully appreciate who you are, where you are, at every given moment in time, if you live a life of numbness in material pursuit, you will never be happy, no matter how well you address the criteria in this study.
Just my opinion, of course. Who am I to know really what makes other people happy?