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The Pursuit of Happiness Lies in Juxtaposition

Season 1, Ep. 127

In Episode 127 of The People's Scientist podcast, I discuss some recent Psychology and Neuroscience findings on the Pursuit of Happiness. Dating back to the time of Aristotle, a happy life was thought to consist of 1. hedonism (pleasure and security) and 2. eudaimonism (purpose and meaning). However, recent data suggests a third component: psychological richness. Happiness may not always be about feeling the pleasant emotions, but feeling the right emotions for us. The contrasting emotions give us an opportunity to learn about ourselves, to change perspectives, and to grow. Tune in for all the scientific details and practical tips on how to add psychological richness to one's life.


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