A Simple Experiment on Happiness

The New York Times has an interesting article about happiness and how it affects our well-being. Here are some of the interesting points of this short...


The New York Times has an interesting article about happiness and how it affects our well-being. Here are some of the interesting points of this short article:

“Human beings are in some ways like bees,” Professor Haidt said. “We evolved to live in intensely social groups, and we don’t do as well when freed from hives.”

…Brain scans by neuroscientists confirm that altruism carries its own rewards. A team including Dr. Jorge Moll of the National Institutes of Health found that when a research subject was encouraged to think of giving money to a charity, parts of the brain lit up that are normally associated with selfish pleasures like eating or sex.

The implication is that we are hard-wired to be altruistic. To put it another way, it’s difficult for humans to be truly selfless, for generosity feels so good.

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One Response to “A Simple Experiment on Happiness”

  1. flountuga says:

    “To put it another way, it’s difficult for humans to be truly selfless, for generosity feels so good.”
    Where I have been able to read about this?

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