Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"The Science of Happiness" Blog Post Analysis

Daniel Gilbert in the TED Talk "In the Pursuit of Unhappiness" begins by debating that us humans are wrong when we predict what does and doesn't make us happy. Gilbert asserts that because our brains gain new structure. they also gain a new function called the prefrontal cortex which allows the human mind to stimulate an experience before one has it. He demonstrates two different examples of one reality where a person wins the lottery and get 314 million dollars as opposed to the reality of one becoming paraplegic. He explains how the amount of something you have cant compare to one's synthesized happiness. Even after a year, the person without legs is much happier than the one with millions of dollars. Synthesized happiness is the ability for a human to make themselves feel happy in unlucky situations or where a person might find themselves in limited situations. He clarifies why people can become even happier when they simply have less choices while still living with the free will to choose what they want. Gilbert concludes that humans are much happier when they don't feel the need to change what they already have in their life.

Now that I have analyzed this TED Talk, I can easily say that it has definitely enlightened my thoughts on happiness and how humans perceive it. I didn't know that until now because I always thought that we needed more things to be happy when in fact, we needed less. When one has less time to make a choice they don't overthink their decision and end up much happier with what they chose. When one finally acquires synthesized happiness, I think that they will be satisfied with their lives.

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