Why the Science of Happiness Doesn't Work

 Why the science of happiness doesn't work

Course “Psychology of Happiness” broke popularity records at Yale – More than 1200 students signed up for it.

Humanity stubbornly strives for happiness, takes new heights. But each time, summing up the balance, we remain in the red. Why? We – the only intelligent species on the planet with enormous potential, and at the same time the most unfortunate. We have deeply studied our own psychology, spent hundreds of millions of dollars on research, created a whole science of happiness, but we never “caught it by the tail.”

True, many myths and misconceptions have been destroyed over the past decades. For example, scientists have found that wealth and consumerism – these are just surrogates for happiness, and genes and external circumstances – not all of its components. Moreover, large-scale studies have shown that happiness – it is not just a psychological phenomenon, but rather our common heritage, which directly follows from good, harmonious relations between people.

strokes on the picture of human happiness. Although in fact it is already quite outlined.

In short, “happiness & ndash; this is love.” Said not by a poet at all, but by Harvard professor George Vaillant, whose team processed 75 years of statistics over five generations. I liked this definition. Many other researchers echo him.

So, gradually, we get rid of illusions. Psychological exercises for students, of course, produce a certain effect, but the key factor – a positive environment filled with mutual care and support. It has a huge impact on our vitality, health and happiness.

But why don't these conclusions help us become happier? Why hasn't a theory backed by generous empirical data provided us with a breakthrough in the direction of a happy life? We helplessly lower our hands. After all, she – master, she goads us, and, by and large, she does not care about facts and reasons. We can only soften, soothe, cajole it for a while, but at its root it is insatiable.

Psychology stops here, having reached its natural limits. And then the science of Kabbalah begins, which allows us to subjugate human egoism, get out of its power and find happiness at another level. Happiness, not constrained by the noose of selfishness, – limitless. I hope Yale will someday talk about such happiness.

And we'll talk about it in more detail.

Dr. Michael Laitman,
founder and head of the International Academy of Kabbalah (IAC)

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