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HAPPINESS BY KNOWING FREE WILL IS AN ILLUSION!

I explained how overcoming belief in free will can boost happiness on episode 7 Happiness and the Determinism vs. Free Will Question, 4-20-03, and 92 A Conversation about Happiness, Free Will and Determinism, 2-28-05

John Searle, the13th ranked post-1900 philosopher, says that our world overcoming the free will illusion "would be a bigger revolution in our thinking than Einstein, or Copernicus, or Newton, or Galileo, or Darwin -- it would alter our whole conception of our relation with the universe." 
 


Find out why at
my new show,
 Exploring the Illusion of Free Will

 

 

 

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Key Happiness Facts
 

World's Happiest Countries:
 
1. Nigeria
 2. Mexico
 3. Venezuela
 4. El Salvador
 5. Puerto Rico
 (U.S. ranks 16th)

Countries with Highest Levels of Subjective Well-Being:
 
1. Puerto Rico
 2. Mexico
 3. Denmark
 4. Columbia
 5. Ireland

Click here for the complete ranking and more information

Americans consider happiness more important to them than money, moral goodness, and even going to Heaven.

Americans are, on average, only 69 percent happy.

The world population is, on average, less than 65 percent happy.

37 percent of the people on Forbes list of Wealthiest Americans are less happy than the average American.

At any given time, one forth of Americans are mildly depressed

14 percent of the nations on Earth are less than 50 percent happy.

Happiness Increase Experiments published in peer review journal have empirically demonstrated that individuals can be trained to be 25 percent happier through various training programs in from two to ten weeks.

All demographic variables combined, including age, sex, income, race, and education, are responsible for only 15 percent of the difference in happiness levels between individuals.

American Children feel happy 52 percent of the time, neutral 29 percent of the time, and unhappy 19 percent of the time.

Americans' personal income has increased more than 2 1/2 times over the last 50 years, but their happiness level has remained the same.

Americans earning more that $10 million annually are only slightly happier than average Americans.

(Click here for Citations and a Brief Paper on How our World Can Become Much Happier)



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Happiness Increase of White Plains
A  Happiness Strategies Development Group
 

 

An associate and myself are in the process of creating a weekly Happiness Self-Help Group. The group has not yet begun meeting, however, some of the material we intend to use is presented below with the hope that others might decide to use it for either a happiness self-help group or happiness club.
 

 

Mission Statement

 

The Average level of happiness in the United States is 69 percent. At any given time, 25 percent of the population is mildly depressed. Research has shown that it is possible to increase one’s level of happiness by 25 percent in as few as 2 to 10 weeks using a variety of methods. Research has also shown that many benefits accrue to individuals as they become happier. Happiness Increase of White Plains is a free, open membership, peer-run, strategies development group designed to help participants become substantially happier. Our methods and techniques are based on research in psychology, and the findings of over 3,000 published studies in happiness.

While members are provided many opportunities to take part in our meetings, active participation is not mandatory, and individuals are welcome to simply listen and learn from what others say. As a group, we informally agree with Aristotle’s description of happiness as the highest good, and everyone’s main purpose in life. Accordingly, we also encourage and facilitate the formation of Happiness Increase groups in other communities.
 


 

Guidelines and Policies

 

Meetings start promptly at scheduled times
The Group Leader exercises final authority for all meeting decisions
The Group Leader assigns the meeting moderator for each meeting
Active participation in the group is optional
Meeting booklets are provided to members for in-meeting use
Issues regarding group functioning and policies are addressed at end of meetings
 

 

Meeting Structure and Schedule

 


7:00 Social Time

7:30 Selection of meeting moderator by Group Leader
Reading of Happiness Increase purpose statement – member
Names go around
Reading of Principles of Happiness Increase – member
Reading of description of select principle – member
Interpretation go around on select principle

7:40 Reading of Happiness Limiters
Reading of description of select Limiter – member
Interpretation go around on select Limiter

7:50 Reading of Happiness Strategies – member
Reading of description of select strategy – member
Interpretation go around on select strategy

8:00 Reading of Happiness Techniques – member
Reading of description of select technique – member
Interpretation go around on select technique

8:10 Reading of Happiness Benefits – member
Reading of description of select technique – member
Interpretation go around on select technique

8:20 Individual work and progress go around and discussion

8:40 Reading of Group Expansion Statement
Reports on expansion progress and discussion
General announcements

8:45 Open discussion

9:00 Meeting Ends – coffee club arrangements
 


 

Principles of Happiness Increase

 

1. Happiness is our main goal and purpose
2. Happiness is the highest good
3. Happiness is increased by increasing the emotion, and mood, of happiness, and decreasing unpleasant emotions and moods
4. Emotions are choices
5. Level of Happiness is a choice
6. The more intelligent effort we make to increase our happiness, the happier we will become
7. Helping others to become happier will increase our happiness
 



 

Happiness Limiters and Responses

 

Emotions:

Fear – assuredness, courage
Sadness – satisfaction
Anger – acceptance, cool headedness
Disgust – love, understanding, appreciation
Surprise - wisdom


Qualities:

Ignorance about the nature of happiness – reading, meetings
Undervaluing Happiness – knowledge of benefits, repetition
Insufficient work on Happiness – meetings, conversations
Distractions to happiness - attentiveness
Con-hedonic desires – evaluation, self control
Illusory needs – evaluation

Situations:

Work
Leisure
Socializing
Time alone

 

 

Happiness Increase Strategies

 

Happiness Increase Meetings
Techniques
Relationships
Goals
Comparisons
Needs and Desires Minimization
Happiness emotion and mood choice maximization
Unpleasant emotion and mood choice minimization
Appreciation
Valuing Happiness
Happiness Increase Group Creation and Leadership
Happiness Internet Newsgroup Participation
 

 


 

Happiness Increase Techniques

 


Smiling
Audiotapes
Concentration
Self-Statements
Analysis
Discussion
Education
Meditation
 

Happiness Concepts

Memory
Concentration
Prioritization
Repetition
Exposure
Basic Emotions
Operant conditioning
Smiling
Self-Statements
Audio delivery
Prompting
Goals
Comparisons
Valuation
Integration
Habit
Relationships
Distractions
Hedonic Principle
Reality Principle
Emotion
Mood
Fear
Sadness
Anger
Happiness
Surprise
Disgust
Subjective Well-Being


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