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Mindf*ck Monday #64: Happiness Is the Wrong Question

Mindf*ck Monday #64: Happiness Is the Wrong Question

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1. What do we know about happiness? - For years now, I’ve written that ruminating on one’s happiness is probably not helpful. Happiness is not the point. And if you make it the point, then you’re not going to be happy. 

This view has put me at odds against the dozens of popular “How to Be Happy” books that have been published in the past ten years. It’s forced me to give advice contrary to the field of positive psychology, which exploded in the past few decades. And it’s made me the proverbial turd in the punch bowl of the self-help industry party. 

Well, Christmas came early for me this past year. Because a couple months ago, a paper was published that analyzed thousands of happiness studies across multiple decades of research to see if we had learned how to make people happier. 

The results were damning. Not only have we not gotten any better at making people happier, but interventions …

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