Saturday, January 20, 2007

Happiness is a place to visit

"Scientists have theorized that evolutionary outcomes of natural selection have given us our attraction to beauty. But when they investigated if beautiful people are happier than their counterparts, the surprising answer was no. As the current theory goes, we didn’t evolve for happiness; we evolved for survival and reproduction. Negative emotions like fear help us survive individually; positive emotions like joy help the community to survive.

We think we want to be happy all the time, but the fact is that an emotion, like happiness, is a primitive signaling system. They are how your brain tells you if the things you’re doing are enhancing or diminishing your chances of survival. Emotions are supposed to fluctuate. You’re not supposed to stay on “happy” during an earthquake. Happiness is a place to visit, not a place to live." via Medico Musings

2 comments:

Yves Rubin said...

Yours is a great blog that I just found searching for Alec Soth. I will be visiting frequently!

THE ORIGINAL HIPPIE said...

THIS IS DEEP,
i HAVE TO CONTIPLATE IT
i HAVE TAKEN IT HOME TO
THINK.
THIS IS WHAT i WAS THINKING OF
TODAY... IS THIS IT?
HMMMMMMM NO NO IT IS MORE
I AM SURE. BUT HAPPINESS
ELUDES ME OFTEN, SO MAYBE
THIS IS THE CONDITION
OF STANDING STILL.
IF OUT OF THE NOTION OF SOCIETY
PERHAPS IT IS JUST A CHOICE.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE
DOES NOT OUR CONSCIENCE HAVE
FREEDOM OF CHOICE?
i PRAY SO. STILL THINKING...