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(Podcast) Episode 007 Whatever Makes You Happy
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  1. Whatever Makes You Happy – Jeff Lang
  2. Whatever Makes You Happy
  3. Three little pigs are cleaned up by mum
  4. “DO WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY”: A SOCIETY OBSESSED WITH HAPPINESS
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Whatever Makes You Happy – Jeff Lang

What does it take to be happy? How happy is happy enough? As she researches a book whose very topic is happiness, she must weigh the relative merits of prescriptions for its attainment offered by Aristotle and the Dalai Lama, Freud and Charles Schulz, scented candles and Zoloft, her mother and her best friend. The answer comes, in the end, from a surprising discovery, in this rich and original novel about how we can find, and ultimately embrace, both happiness and love. Summer in the city looms long for Sally Farber when she sends her two daughters off to camp for the first time. Caught between the past cleaning out her childhood apartment as her demanding mother offers edicts from South Carolina and the future facing her first semi-empty nest , Sally finds herself unexpectedly involved with a powerful, unpredictable man.

Whatever Makes You Happy

And as she researches a book whose very topic is happiness, she must weigh the relative merits of prescriptions for its attainment offered by Aristotle and the Dalai Lama, Freud and Charles Schulz, scented candles and Zoloft, her mother and her best friend. A snappy, pleasant novel content with its own wit. Grunwald tells the story with a wit Sally's quest for personal fulfillment allows Grunwald to muse on the roots of happiness, mining sources as diverse as Aristotle and Charles Schulz to present a porvocative array of answers.

Whatever Makes You Happy is a satisfying portrait of upper-middle-class angst.

Three little pigs are cleaned up by mum

Grunwald's interweaving of scholarly quotations about happiness and excerpts of real-life research on the matter cleverly ground this novel, in which the main character is on the verge of spinning out of control as she searches for her own brand of happiness. They began to bring out discrimination, fight for social equality, and self-confidence. They raised us with the condition of doing whatever made us happy. But we were allowed to be lazier and an emphasis was placed on giving us an opportunity to voice what we wanted.

But is that really the message we want to be teaching future generations? There is a TED talk about this, and it accuses this advice as being incredibly elitist. Most people have a passion for something in the arts or athletic fields, but they understand that if a large percentage of the population grew up to be entertainers, there would be fewer people to run businesses and help in the army.

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A famous idol might want to pass out after a tiring schedule. Your passion could be saving people, but working as a surgeon or firefighter is stressful for the majority of the time. Doing something might be fun, but doing the same activity for the rest of your life is bound to seem boring.

You might not even have one thing that makes you happy — or you might have too many.

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How do you choose between passions? Would it be wasteful for a gifted wrestler to pursue a full-time career in economics instead?

“DO WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY”: A SOCIETY OBSESSED WITH HAPPINESS

Surely continuing as a wrestler and competing internationally would bring pride to their country, and hence be more valuable than joining another large team of economists. Enacting revenge or any sadistic tendencies will have consequences in the long run. Allowing that relationship to distract you from studying for exams, or eating an entire cake because you have a sweet tooth are both examples of things your brain usually tries to signal you to avoid.

Your metaphorical heart represents your subconscious urges, usually opposing your brain. But how is this ever a good idea? Like, ever.


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My heart is stupid. Instead of following your heart, how about training your brain to take your desires into consideration? Were you able to follow why the constant pursuit of happiness is disadvantageous? The more dedicated to happiness we are, the less willing we are to do these things. Keep an ear out for this phrase.

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I can definitely write much more on this topic, and I apologize for such an unstructured post. The media seems like a parrot, endlessly squawking at you to follow your heart, live to be happy, and love yourself just the way you are. First, following your raw emotions is a bad idea more often than it is good.

Next, everyone should decide their own purpose for life. If you do what makes you happy but it fails, then what have you really accomplished?

Love yourself through how you can improve; physically, intellectually, and emotionally.