Many of us often wonder what kinds of strategies could improve our happiness and wellbeing. Here are some ideas from multiple academic disciplines:
Psychology: You can change your mindset by changing the way you think about yourself, or changing the way you think about your circumstances.
Neuroscience: Self-interested desires rarely last and, instead, meaningful lasting pleasures more often come from helping others. Also, investing your all in your work, hoping that it will make you happy, is dangerous – you need to have other things that make you happy as well.
Sociology: The path to happiness is often indirect – doing the right thing can often lead to personal happiness.
Philosophy: Sharper distinctions, critiques of poor reasoning and challenges to common-sense ideas bring us closer to an understanding of happiness, even if they don’t tell us how to live.
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