If We Generally Know What Makes Us Happy, Why Is It Hard To Embrace?

A relatively Pivotal question of adulthood.

Ted Bauer

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We do have a lot more “happiness” research in the last 10–20 years, including the semi-seminal Harvard study that is now run by Robert Waldinger. I’ve mentioned Waldinger and that study in a couple of posts, probably most notably this one:

The happiness discussion gets lots of attention recently, from both prominent YouTubers —

— and people like Oprah:

The Oprah tie is interesting, because it speaks to the main point of confusion about happiness research. A lot of people still think “happiness” and “money” are somehow tied. They are definitely somehow tied, although it’s not as direct and massive as people think. Right this second, with the housing market in rate-lock and a lot of people feeling the effects of supposedly-declining inflation at the grocery store, I think everyone is thinking “more money” would mean “more happiness.” I get that. I do feel that way sometimes myself.

In reality, as Biggie and others have intoned lyrically, more money often means more problems, especially for the upper middle class.

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Ted Bauer

Mostly write about work, leadership, friendship, masculinity, male infertility, and some other stuff along the way. It's a pleasure to be here.