Michele Busi

Reggio Emilia, Italy

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Michele Busi
Posted over 3 years ago
Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness
TED doesn't allow me to reply to your other message so I write here, with the hope that the discussion will remain comprehensible. Dear Colleen, Maybe I've finally got your point: you mean that we have some kind of control on our own happiness, something like "the life smiles back at you if you smile". I'm afraid I'm much more pessimistic. I don't think we can fight against the chemicals released in our brains. It would be like trying to act normal when you're drunk I guess. If your brain doesn't want you to be happy you can't do nothing about it (at least on a pshycological level).
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Michele Busi
Posted over 3 years ago
Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness
The sad thing, in my opinion, is that human beings are constantly looking for eternal happiness and we won't ever be able to find it as long as our brains are made to forbid it, in order to make the human race survive as long as possible. Sorry if maybe I didn't understand what you wanted to say, my english isn't so good yet. :)
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Michele Busi
Posted almost 4 years ago
Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness
Dan Gilbert's theory of happiness sounds very sad to me. It's the evidence that we do not have any reason to live except reproduction. Even the changes in our mood have the purpose to make us survive the longer we can: if we are too happy, we become satisfied with ourselves and we don't engage in what we do, so our brain doesn't allow us to be happy forever, but if we are too sad we become apathetic and we don't care about improving ourselves lives, so, like Dan explained, our brain synthesize happiness to let us work properly. We are nothing but animals.