Laws of Happiness and Thought Revolution
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Vicharkranti : Thought Revolution : A Perspective on Happiness
Vasant Parva,NY,17 FEB 2002Sanjay Saxena, PMPwww.SanjaySaxena.com
This presentation is dedicated to my My Gurudev & Mentor Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya
What we will discuss today
Need of Vicharkranti for the happiness our SocietyWhat is VicharkrantiWhat is happiness and its economicsUniversity Research on HappinessBeyond Statistics the laws of HappinessHow Vicharkranti unfolds Happiness
The Declaration of IndependenceA TranscriptionIN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of AmericaWhen in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that:all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights;that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness;that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; The 56 signatures on the Declaration
Paradox of Our Time in History is that :We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.We have bigger houses and smaller families;more conveniences, but less time; more medicine, but less wellness.We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.These are the times of tall men, and short character; steep profits and shallow relationships.These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.Weve learned how to make a living, but not a life;we have added years to life, not life to years;we have cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. - Excerpted from 1999 internet chain mailing attributed to unknown source
Had you fallen asleep in 1960 and awakened today you would be awakening to:2X -divorce rate3X-teen sucide rate4X -rate of reported violent client5X -prison population6X - percent of babies born to unmarried parents7X -increase in cohabitation (predictor of future divorce)10X - rate of depression to pre-WW II lavel
Spiritual Hunger in the age of plenty...The accumulation of material goods is at an all-time high, but so is the number of people who feel an emptiness is their lives.Al GoreThere is indeed a spiritual vacuum at the heart of American Society.Lee Atwater, George Bushs 1988 campaign Manager
Why Vicharkranti : total thought revolutionHaving solved the question how to make a living, having surrounded ourselves with once unthinkable luxuries we are left to wonder why we live ?why run this rate race ? Whats the point ?Why care about anything or anyone beyond myself ?
Why Vicharkranti : total thought revolution While we have been surging materially and technologically we have paradoxically undergone a social and moral recession and experienced a deepening spiritual hungerDavid G Myers
Why Vicharkranti : total thought revolution Manifestation of Divinity in Man (Manushya me Devatva ka udaya)Descent of Heaven on Earth [Divine Society](Dharati par Svarga ka Avataran)Man making (Vyakti Nirman)Family making (Parivar Nirman)Society making (Samaj Nirman)Healthy body (Svastha Sharir)Pure mind (Svachchha Mana)Civilized Society (Sabhya Samaj)
What we will discuss todayEconomics of HappinessUniversity Research on HappinessBeyond Statistics the laws of Happiness
As per Websters Dictionary(noun) a state of well-being and contentment; also a pleasurable satisfaction
The EconomicsCan Money buy Happiness The most fundamental idea in economics is that money makes people happy.However, this based on deduction rather than evidence.I would like a chance to find out ;-)
Can Money Buy HappinessReported happiness is positively correlated with income, but that is not a persuasive reason to believe that more money leads to greater wellbeing / happiness.
The paradox .Does increased income affect happiness ?Income or Relative incomeHappiness or subjective well-being varies directly with ones own income and inversely with the income of others.Professor Richard Easterlin, 1998
Americans Happiness Since World War - II, Random Statistical samples of people is USA confirm that:Americans were no more likely to describe themselves as happy in 1990s than they had been in the 1940sEven Japanese didnt become happier between 1950s and 1980sEasterlin
Professor Andrew OswaldUniversity of WarwickHumans by nature are envious creatures.Even if a persons income is rising, (s)he tends to become less happy if the incomes of other people they know are rising faster.
Professor Andrew OswaldUniversity of WarwickHuman beings seem to have a sort of inbuilt need to do comparisons of themselves all the time:This is a fundamental problem for economists because the evidence shows that while you have economic growth and country gets richer and richer, the people inside it dont seem to get any happier.Money can make an individual a little bit happier, other factor, can have a bigger impact.
Some quotes on HappinessThose who say that money can't buy happiness don't know where to shop.Anon.Do you think your children's lives will be better than your own? Probably not; nobody does these days ... In all countries there is doom and gloom, a universal sense of decay.Norman Stone, historian.What we call happiness in the strictest sense of the word comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree.Sigmund Freud, psychologist.
Taken all things togetherHow would you rate your own happiness with life as whole How would you say things are these days:
Would you say that you are -EcstaticVery HappyPretty HappyNot too Happy
How would your happiness would be reported by yourSpouse / partner / significant otherColleaguepeerbosssubordinateFriendSon / Daughter
Professor Richard EasterlinUniversity of South CaliforniaIncome & Happiness: Towards a Unified Theory Economic Journal, July 2001Self reported happiness does not change as people progress from young adulthood through mid-life to old age.Over the life cycle, however, the average happiness of a person remains constant despite substantial income growth.Happiness is constant, on average, throughout life span for a group of people born in a specific period of time, say 1950s.
Recorded happiness levels have been demonstrated to becorrelated with:
1. Objective characteristics such as unemployment.2. The persons recall of positive versus negative life-events.3. Assessments of the persons happiness by friends and family4. Assessments of the persons happiness by his or her spouse.5. Duration of authentic or so-called Duchenne smiles (a Duchenne smile occurs when both the zygomatic major and obicularus orus facial muscles fire, and human beings identify these as genuine smiles).6. Heart rate and blood pressure measures responses to stress.7. Skin-resistance measures of response to stress.8. Electroencephelogram measures of prefrontal brain activity.
Reported Level of ...Happiness is Highest ... among People who are:Highly EducatedFemaleHigh IncomeYoung or Old (not middle-aged)MarriedRetiredLooking after the homeSelf-employed
Happiness is a choiceTheres no reason not to choose happiness
Life, except for the obvious physical needs, is not so much defined by external situations as by inner one.
Having money wont change your internal makeup.
Why dont we get happier when have more ?As income rises, so does ones aspiration level . This increase in aspirations [can] vitiate the expected growth in happiness due to higher income. Prof. Easterlin, 1998Our wants increase in proportion to our income ??Never getting ahead of our material wants and hence never getting happier ??
What should we do ?Prof. Easterlins view is that perhaps we should start thinking of serious alternatives to the self-defeating pursuit of material goods.Because happiness is not MUCH affected by material possessions.Perhaps the foundation of happiness lies elsewhere; money just builds on what you had to start with.
What do we mean by HappinessThe term HAPPINESS being used in this discussion includes All forms of positive experience, from sense pleasure to the HIGHEST bliss of Brahman.The Anand of Sat-cit-anand
What is Human life ? life is a disciplined search for higher dimensions of consciousness.. It is an intense struggle for the attainment of higher consciousness.
Only One questionWhy are we here in this room in the first placeAccording to ancient Vaidic thinkers The motive behind all actions is the pursuit of happiness.
Human life is .. more or less a constant QUEST for HAPPINESS of some sort or other.We want BOUNDLESS and ENDLESS HAPPINESS. BUT..
But Paradoxically ,. Happiness seems to be always eluding our grasp why ?
Factors depriving us the boundless & endless happinessNatural factors of phenomenal existenceScarcity of objects of enjoymentIgnorancePowerlessnessLimitations of the bodysensesmind
Factors depriving us the happiness the Struggle of lifeOrdinary life as we see all around us is a constant struggle for existence.Struggle of existence atbody le