In order to apply yourself and to be effective in work and any aspect of your life is dependent on your integrety, choice of principles and the measure of your virtues to accomplish what you visualise your own success to be. We can all be cynical to the faults of the world, in others, society, governments and the inequalities that succumb from the injustice of powerful influencers. Only if this is what you seek.
What you want to see and believe will be that for which your world becomes. It’s simple. If we choose to wake up each morning positive and appreciative of what our present situation is, we may surprise ourselves with small reminder of happiness.
The question of what makes us happy is likely as old as human cognition itself and has occupied the minds of philosophers, prophets and scientists for millennia. In The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, psychology professor Jonathan Haidt unearths ten great theories of happiness discovered by the thinkers of the past, from Plato to Jesus to Buddha, to reveal a surprising abundance of common tangents. (For example, from Shakespeare: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” From Buddha: “Our life is the creation of our mind.”)
Human rationality depends critically on sophisticated emotionality. It is only because our emotional brains work so well that our reasoning can work at all.”
Haidt takes this ambitious analysis of philosophical thought over the centuries and examines it through the prism of modern psychology research to extract a remarkably compelling blueprint for optimizing the human condition for happiness.
This book is well accompanied in moments of doubts and copious amounts of stress.
- Interview with Jonathan Haidt on Happiness (3quarksdaily.com)
- Jonathan Haidt on Why Working-Class People Vote Conservative (maverickphilosopher.typepad.com)