The 2 Types of Happiness, Fake Urgency, & More
Today at a Glance
- Question: Do you need to respond to this?
- Quote: Judge by the questions.
- Framework: Pathways to happiness.
- Tweet: AI language processing.
- Article: Risk and regret.
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Question I constantly ask myself:
Do I really need to respond to this right now?
Life gets much less stressful when you realize that *URGENT* is very rarely that urgent.
The hold that artificial urgency has over our lives is crazy. I once swerved onto the grass on the side of the highway and took out my laptop to respond to a work email that felt urgent.
It makes me cringe to think about the number of moments I missed with family and friends because of fake urgency:
- Leaving that dinner to reply to an email.
- Cutting off that conversation to reply to a text.
- Shortening a precious moment to check email.
The next time you encounter one of these moments, pause and ask yourself: Do I really need to respond to this right now?
This simple act of pausing will have a positive impact.
Fighting back against the patterns and behaviors created by constant connectedness is a worthy pursuit. Fake Urgency pulls you away from Real Importance.
Quote to hang on the wall:
"Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers." - Voltaire
Knowledge is knowing a lot of answers.
Wisdom is asking the right questions.
Framework for happiness:
The Types of Happiness: Hedonic vs. Eudaimonic
Psychology identifies two core types of happiness:
- Hedonic: Achieved through pleasure, enjoyment, and satisfaction.
- Eudaimonic: Achieved through meaning, purpose, and authenticity.
Hedonic happiness is associated with a focus on maximizing short-term pleasure and minimizing pain.
The phrase "hedonic treadmill" is a reference to hedonic adaptation, a scientific term for the tendency of humans to quickly revert to a baseline after new positive or negative events.
Eudaimonic happiness is associated with a focus on virtue or value-oriented living. It was first proposed by Aristotle, who argued that achieving long-term, durable happiness required people to live in accordance with their values and focus on a higher purpose or meaning.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, which places self-actualization at the top of the pyramid, is based on a Eudaimonic view on happiness.
Both Hedonic and Eudaimonic happiness have a clear and necessary role to play in your life.
The exclusive pursuit of one or the other may lead to imbalance:
- Too much focus on Hedonic happiness will lead to a short-term pleasure seeking cycle that may not lend itself well to long-term goals or growth.
- Too much focus on Eudaimonic happiness will lead to an ultra-long-term focus that may sacrifice too much short-term sweetness and miss out on some of the simple joys of life.
The Goal: Find your personal balance point of Hedonic and Eudaimonic happiness. Embrace short-term, earned pleasures, but focus on building a life grounded in your long-term values and purpose.
Tweet I've been gawking at:
How can something be simultaneously so fascinating and terrifying?
Article I've been sharing:
Wonderful, short piece from Morgan Housel on regret (one of my favorite topics recently).
One memorable quote from it:
"The purpose of life is to experience things for which you will later experience nostalgia." - FedSpeak Twitter Account
Worth a read.