The Happiness Hypothesis: The Progress Principle

“Stop and smell the roses” is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot, but we tend to let it go in one ear and out the other. Think back to The Backwards Law and remember that the more we want something, the less happy we are while we don’t have it. Maybe we REALLY should learn to slow down and appreciate what we have, rather than try to speed up so we can get what we want quicker.

Set yourself any goal you want. Most of the pleasure will be had along the way, with every step that takes you closer. The final moment of success is often not more thrilling than the relief of taking off a heavy backpack at the end of a long hike. If you went on the hike only to feel that pleasure, you are a fool. Yet people sometimes do just this. The work hard at a task and expect some social euphoria at the end. But when they achieve success and find only moderate and short-lived pleasure, they ask: Is that all there is?” -Jonathan Haidt (pg.84)

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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom


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