Great thinkers have wondered about the meaning of life for thousands of years. What if someone has finally figured it out?
According to social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, the “happiness hypothesis” requires us to think of contentment as a journey, not a destination.
Process is important. As you work towards a goal, you enjoy the feeling of making progress. Think about taking a hike on a beautiful mountain path. For most people, the experience on the path is more profound and enjoyable than the act of completing the hike.
Life works in a similar way, where the process of living is more important than the milestones we hit. We create meaning by seeking out activities and building relationships that enrich daily experience.
Explore Haidt’s deepest thoughts on adversity, love, and pleasure with our Instaread on The Happiness Hypothesis.