The Tantalus Problem: Why More Cannot Make Us Happy
Charles Chu
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This reminds me a lot of the discussion on happiness in Yuval Harari’s newest book, Homo Deus. Happiness is only achieved psychologically by reality matching the expectations we set for our lives and biologically quite literally by pleasant sensations in the body. Getting promoted at work surprisingly might make you less happy in the long-run because you’ll keep craving promotion after promotion when maybe you were content being just an average employee. External pleasures and stimuli don’t make us happy, it’s the internal ones and how we view our situations that do.