Justin Dowd: A Way to be Happier

February 04, 2013

Get ready to find out new, scientifically fortified ways to increase happiness and productivity. In a 2004 TED lecture, Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert described a shocking study, saying, “A year after losing the use of their legs and a year after winning the lotto, lottery winners and paraplegics are equally happy with their lives.” Studies find that three months after a perceived life-changing event, with a few exceptions, happiness remains unchained.

Most assumptions of what will make us happy are wrong. Shawn Anchor, CEO of Good Think Inc., summarizes a nearly universal business and parenting strategy: “If I work harder, I’ll be more successful. And if I’m more successful, then I’ll be happier.” But here’s the catch…

Read Justin’s full article in the Metro and see his latest chalk animation:

www.metro.us/weirdscience