Jonathan Fields

Happiness. It’s Complicated.

masteryWhat if the quest to be perpetually happy was actually making us miserable?

Who doesn’t want to be happy? Who doesn’t want to laugh all day? It’s a wonderful state, deserving of a powerful seat at the good life table. Happiness has become a hot subject of study over the last two decades, along with the explosion of the field of positive psychology.

This near-mystical state comes with myriad benefits, beyond, well, being happy.

Happy people:

  • Have more friends
  • Are healthier
  • Have better immune systems
  • Are more active contributors to society
  • Get more done at work.

The list of happy-related yumminess is long.

But, what exactly IS happiness? How do we GET it? Is happiness really a MUST for a good life? And, can the dogged pursuit of happiness actually make you less happy?

That’s what we’re talking about on today’s Good Life Project Riff.

Read the full essay here.

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