SlowTalk: What gives us joy?
Some people have known it all along that wealth does not necessarily give us joy. Recent research indicates that an annual income of more that €65,000 does not increase our actual happiness. Earning more provides us only with the illusion that we are better off than others.
According to the social psychologist David Myers “our becoming much better off over the last 4 decades has not been accompanied by one iota of increased well-being.” In fact, it has had the opposite effect. Our materialistic outlook on life has given us more mental health disorders. “Burn-out” symptoms do not only occur among the working population, but increasingly among students as well.
So what gives us joy? The German writer/philosopher Goethe, who suffered badly during his entire life from psychic threats and depression, believed in ‘Don’t just stand there, do something’. Or as he put it: to heal psychic ailments that we have contracted through misfortune or faults of our own, the understanding avails nothing, reason little, time much, but resolute activity everything.”
What does this tell us? Let’s talk about it.
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