Happiness Isn't Math

The Idea

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Happiness is not like math, it is more like art.

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World View

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Self-Perception

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Happiness can't be computed algorithmically. There is no finite truth about what happiness is or how one can be happy. There is no formula that is always true for everyone everywhere.

With happiness, the process matters. What you see when you zoom out is important. It is perceived differently by different people. It has different labels and depends on context.

Happiness means not wanting the world to be different. Happiness is not a goal you reach. It's the continuous byproduct of a life well-lived.

Happiness can be conflated with joy, pleasure, fun, peace, contentment and other labels we use to describe positive perceptions of life. There is no agreed upon definition of what happiness means — which makes it difficult to objectively grasp and describe.

Nuanced perspectives can help us understand more about how happiness relates to our everyday experience.

“Peace is happiness at rest; happiness is peace in motion.”

— Naval Ravikant

Explore

Watch Daniel Kahneman's distinction between the Experiencing Self and the Remembering Self as a nuanced view on the difference between happiness as an in-the-moment enjoyment or as a form of satisfaction based on reflection on one's life.

Read about the Peak-End Rule to understand more about how we judge experiences.

➞ Explore the concept of Neuroplasticity in this video to understand how our brain re-wires and how this affects our experience.

Resources

If this idea resonates with you, some of these resources might add value to your life.

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Daring Greatly
Book
Brené Brown
How To Stop Worrying And Start Living
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Dale Carnegie
10% Happier
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Dan Harris
Happy
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Derren Brown
The Voice Of Knowledge
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Don Miguel Ruiz
The Power Of Now
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Eckhart Tolle
To Have Or To Be
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Erich Fromm
The Art Of Loving
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Erich Fromm
Siddharta
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Hermann Hesse
The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, And Joy
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John Brehm
The Little Book Of Stoicism
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Jonas Salzgeber
The Happiness Hypothesis
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Jonathan Haidt
12 Rules For Life
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Jordan B. Peterson
The Prophet
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Khalil Gibran
Dao De Jing
Book
Laozi
Meditations
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Marcus Aurelius
The Almanack of Naval Ravikant
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Naval Ravikant
Courage
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Osho
The Alchemist
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Paulo Coelho
You - The 4 Pillars of Self-Determination
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Philipp Hagspiel
Ego Is The Enemy
Book
Ryan Holiday
Waking Up
Book
Sam Harris
The Road Less Traveled
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Scott Peck
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People
Book
Stephen R. Covey
Happiness
Book
Thich Nhat Hanh
Man's Search For Meaning
Book
Viktor E. Frankl
Zhuangzi
Book
Zhuang Zhou
Zenhabits
Blog
Leo Babauta
philhagspiel
Blog
Philipp Hagspiel
Wait But Why
Blog
Tim Urban
The School Of Life: Eastern Philosophy
Blog
Seth Godin
Blog
More To That
Blog
Unlocking Us
Podcast
Brené Brown
Where Should We Begin?
Podcast
Esther Perel
On Purpose With Jay Shetty
Podcast
Jay Shetty
On Being
Podcast
Krista Tippett
Lex Fridman Podcast
Podcast
Lex Fridman
The Daily Stoic
Podcast
Ryan Holiday
The Tim Ferriss Show
Podcast
Tim Ferriss
Kurzgesagt
YouTube Channel
Pursuit of Wonder
YouTube Channel
Einzelgänger
YouTube Channel
Exurb1a
YouTube Channel
Sadhguru
YouTube Channel
Waking Up
App
Mindshine
App
philhagspiel
Instagram