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The semi-satisfied life

Renowned for his pessimism, Arthur Schopenhauer was nonetheless a conoisseur of very distinctive kinds of happiness By David Bather Woods Source: aeon On 13 December 1807, in fashionable Weimar, Johanna Schopenhauer picked up her pen and wrote to her 19-year-old … Continue reading

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It’s better to focus on where you are going than how you are feeling

By Christian Jarrett Source: aeon The notion that emotional pain and suffering reflect a deviation from a default happy baseline has been referred to as the ‘assumption of healthy normality’. But it’s a mistaken assumption. Estimates of the lifetime prevalence of psychiatric … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Happiness (Short Film)

Happiness – by Steve Cutts Can we buy happiness? Are we really trapped? An economic textbook about our contemporary society By Chiara Pascali Source: GoodShortFilms Try to google the word Happiness, the first (sponsored) result of your search will be shophappiness.com. Happiness can be bought. … Continue reading

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The Lonely American

By Sean Posey Source: The Hampton Institute In 2015, psychotherapist Traci Ruble started a “community listening project” in San Francisco dubbed “Sidewalk Talk.” The project sends trained volunteers to meet strangers on the street and listen to them discuss their … Continue reading

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OUR NEW, HAPPY LIFE? THE IDEOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT

By Charles Eisenstein Source: Waking Times In George Orwell’s 1984, there is a moment when the Party announces an “increase” in the chocolate ration – from thirty grams to twenty. No one except for the protagonist, Winston, seems to notice that … Continue reading

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Inequality Social Dysfunction and Misery

By Graham Peebles Source: Dissident Voice Year on year the economic divisions and sub-divisions in the world deepen, the associated social ills increase: The rich, comfortable, and the very extremely rich keep getting richer, and the rest, well, whilst some … Continue reading

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A Zen Master Explains the Art of ‘Letting Go’, And It Isn’t What You Think

By Christina Sarich Source: Waking Times Thich Naht Hanh, the Zen Buddhist master, has some interesting advice about what it means to truly let go. Many people mistake detachment or non-clinging to be a form of aloofness, or emotional disconnect … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Happiness

“Happiness” (1998) is a bleakly dark comedy written and directed by Todd Solondz. It follows the lives of three sisters and their respective problematic relationships. Joy (Jane Adams), is the youngest sister and is viewed by her family as the … Continue reading

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