#157 A new way to think about happiness
In this episode, I discuss my thoughts on happiness and why we should drop our obsession with it. I cover: why you should be careful who you admire and listen to, how well we are placed to make rational judgments in our life, the different types of happiness, hedonic adaption, Natural vs Synthetic Happiness, whether we want to be happy all the time, the illusion of control of our minds and life, perfectionism, self-esteem, Stoic and Buddhist views on happiness and what to do when sadness eventually strikes.
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The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
The Sweet Spot by Paul Bloom
Selfie By Will Storr
Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright
Letters From A Stoic by Seneca
Stumbling On Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman
A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathon Haidt
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (Novel set around the time of the Buddha, highlights the troubles of a life dedicated to extremes of spirituality/debauchery)
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