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What makes us happy?
June 7, 2006, 1:23 pm
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Turns out, we may not have a very good idea what really makes us happy – or maybe we're not willing to admit that the things that are supposed to make us happy don't, and worse, the things that do make us happy aren't supposed to.

Daniel Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness", was interviewed this morning on CBC radio and I personally thought it was very interesting, if for no other reason than the validation of some conflicting pleasures/displeasures that I've had over the years. He didn't mention societal pressure, as his focus was on psychology, but I think it's fair to say that we tend to line up to "enjoy" the things we're supposed to enjoy. He gave the example of kids, which every parent cites as their greatest joy in life but when researched, kids generally derive the same pleasure level as housework. Blasphemy!

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L-O-V-E-D that interview this morning! Double loved the bit about kids and even more, feel “HAPPY” that what is “supposed” to make us happy isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Maybe that’s why we ran 21.2 frickin’ kilometers and still want more!!! C’est possible – non?

Comment by Amy

Bob MacDonald did a piece on the science of happiness on the May 27th episode of Quirks and Quarks, can access it on the CBC website @

though if you had an iPod you’d be able to listen to the podcast… and likely be happy! 😉

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