The Craving Mind by Judson Brewer

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In his book In This Very Life, the Burmese meditation teacher Sayadaw U Pandita, wrote,

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“In their quest for happiness, people mistake excitement of the mind for real happiness.”
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We get excited when we hear good news, start a new relationship, or ride a roller coaster.
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Somewhere in human history, we were conditioned to think that the feeling we get when dopamine fires in our brain equals happiness.
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Don’t forget, this was probably set up so that we would remember where food could be found, not to give us the feeling “you are now fulfilled.”
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To be sure, defining happiness is a tricky business, and very subjective.
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Scientific definitions of happiness continue to be controversial and hotly debated.
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The emotion doesn’t seem to be something that fits into a survival-of-the-fittest learning algorithm.
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But we can be reasonably sure that the anticipation of a reward isn’t happiness.
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Continued
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by chickenlittle2017 on July 26, 2017 at 12:28 am

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