When we think about the documents that have framed and influenced our nation, there are few that are more important than The Declaration of Independence. While there were a number of edits and updates made to Jefferson’s original version, one thing...
When we think about the documents that have framed and influenced our nation, there are few that are more important than The Declaration of Independence. While there were a number of edits and updates made to Jefferson’s original version, one thing that remained constant or consistent throughout were the rights that were given to all Americans for things like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
For many years, researchers have studied the meaning of happiness, which has provided valuable clues to what it takes to live happy and healthy lives. Most recently however, reports have shown that we’ve hit a 50-year low as a nation, which is why we wanted to look at this topic, the pursuit of happiness, on the podcast today.
We want this episode to be a reminder for all of us to enjoy the ride that is this life, be present in the moment, and allow happiness to flow into our lives.
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In this episode you’ll hear:
Our take on whether relationships and community are the keys to a happy life, and an important distinction to make between happiness and joy [3:43]
Why we think people are so unhappy right now [9:40]
AJ’s personal experience with a job that he thought was going to make him happy, and what he would do differently if he could do it over again [12:06]
The critical role that expectations play when it comes to happiness, and what are the external influences behind these expectations [16:20]
Our tips and what we really want you to understand about the pursuit of happiness [24:53]
Introducing our Models of Respect for this week [31:15]
Links & Resources:
The secret to happiness? Here’s some advice from the longest-running study on happiness
How to Find Happiness (Psychology Today)
Americans Offer Gloomy State of the Nation Report (Gallup)
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