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The Happiness Lab


September 19, 2022

This gal is pretty great.

I think she uses "happiness" as a marketing term to catch people's attention. What she really believes in is well being. She takes a scientific approach to the topic. Oftentimes I learn from her that things I thought would increase my well being have the opposite result. (So far she has not addressed collecting plastic cups & hats or ripping music -- which is probably a good thing).

So I am glad I found her.

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One of the principal teasons for the high happiness scores in Denmark is its ethnic homogeneity, which leads to a cultural homogeneity, mentioned as a foundation of happiness and mutual trust. That is also why we Americans were so successful for so long at happiness -- e pluribus unum..... No where in the report is the word, "diversity".....

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