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Why This Book Matters:
The Happiness Hypothesis explains to readers the internal and external factors which influence their happiness.
The Big Takeaways:
- Two separate parts of the mind control us.
- If Some actions and thoughts are within our control, while others are not.
- Many biological factors influence our satisfaction with life, but our way of thinking is just as important.
- We cannot control our thoughts, but we can implement activities, such as meditation and cognitive therapy, to help us gain more joy from the happiness we experience.
- Humans have a desire to return favors to people.
- It is ingrained in humans to give back what they have been given in one way or another; it is one of our strongest desires.
- A lack of self-perception can make many relationships difficult.
- Introspection is not a human’s favorite activity because it forces them to realize that there are parts of them that are less than desirable. Therefore, they often ignore their faults, leading to poor relationships.
- You must surround yourself with the right people to be happy.
- Humans rely on genuine social interaction to fuel their happiness.
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