Eight Ways To Embrace Serendipity

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According to an emerging body of research, chance is an under-appreciated ingredient in human happiness.  Happiness research suggests there is a profound conflict in our nature:  we constantly try to make sense of our world by removing uncertainty from our lives, but the same mechanism that causes us to feel anxious during bad experiences can also make us feel more happy during good experiences. 

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Pursuing a Life of Meaning

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There has been a philosophical debate shaping Western civilization for over 2000 years. Hedonists, those devoted to the pursuit of pleasure, believe that happiness lies in feeling good. Aristotle and his “virtue” successors believed that happiness lies in doing and being good.  Is feeling “good” enough to live a fulfilling life or do people need meaning in their lives to thrive?

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