Sunday, June 14, 2020

Happiness vs Well Being; Hedonic vs Eudaimonic

What happiness is? Hedonic or Eudaimonic? - YouTube

Happiness or Well-being can be categorized as either be hedonic well-being or eudaimonic well-being.

Comparing Hedonic & Eudaimonic Views of Happiness - Video & Lesson Transcript |

“Eudaimonism, then, refers to a life dedicated to seeking meaning, engagement with the existential challenges of life, and the actualization of human potential, whereas hedonism refers to a life dedicated to seeking pleasure, happiness, and enjoyment.”

"hedonic treadmill"
accumulating more and more “stuff” (whether that’s the latest gadgets or Instagram likes), we often find ourselves working harder and harder but not getting any happier.

When we focus on living with more and more virtue, we ACTUALLY GET HAPPIER!

The hedonic treadmill, also known as hedonic adaptation, is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes.

  1. Self-acceptance
  2. Personal growth
  3. Purpose in life
  4. Environmental mastery
  5. Autonomy
  6. Positive relations with others

Friday, May 29, 2020

World vs Mind

Pema Chödrön: This Lousy World - YouTube

Cover It All in Leather - +1 | Optimize

Chodrön uses the lessons of the Indian Buddhist monk Shantideva to make a very powerful analogy about moving through the world constantly pissed off and disappointed. …

[She says]: “We’re laughing, but that’s what we all do. That is how we approach things. We think, if we could just get rid of everything and cover it with leather, our pain would go away. Well, sure, because then it wouldn’t be cutting our feet anymore. It’s just logical, isn’t it? But it doesn’t make any sense, really. Shantideva said, ‘But if you simply wrap leather around your feet.’ In other words, if you put on shoes then you could walk across the boiling sand and the cut glass and the horns, and it wouldn’t bother you. So the analogy is, if you work with your mind, instead of trying to change everything on the outside, that’s how your temper will cool down.'”

Sunday, February 16, 2020

book: Counterclockwise

Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility - Kindle edition by Ellen J. Langer. Health, Fitness & Dieting Kindle eBooks @

Ellen Langer 'Counterclockwise: the power of possibility' at Happiness & Its Causes 2012 - YouTube

PNTV: Counterclockwise by Ellen Langer - YouTube

The Psychology of Possibility - Interview | Optimize
"Ellen Langer is a professor of psychology at Harvard and one of the world's leading experts on the science of wellbeing, and what she refers to as the "psychology of possibility." Dr. Langer was first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University, and is the the author of eleven books--including Mindfulness, The Power of Mindful Learning, and her Counterclockwise--and more than two hundred research articles. She has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and through her work, Dr. Langer challenges us to overcome our mindless patterns, let go of false limits, focus on the process and notice all the wonders present in our lives."

MIND Reviews: Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility - Scientific American

Ellen Langer: books