Mike Dariano


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You are a Happiness Factory

My research on happiness is like strolling through a strawberry field. There are so many delicious little areas that I want to sit down and enjoy instead of continuing through the field and picking intellectual strawberries for your consumption.

One trend that I've seen is that happiness can be made, and this come from both the spiritual and scientific ends.

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk and said this in a 2004 TEDTalk:

Sir Thomas Brown wrote in 1642, "I am the happiest man alive.I have that in me that can convert poverty to riches, adversity to prosperity.I am more invulnerable than Achilles; fortune hath not one place to hit me."What kind of remarkable machinery does this guy have in his head?

Human beings have something that we might think of as a "psychological immune system." A system of cognitive processes, largely non-conscious cognitive processes, that help them change their views of the world, so that they can feel better about the worlds in which they find themselves. Like Sir Thomas, you have this machine. Unlike Sir Thomas, you seem not to know it.

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