The Science of Happiness!

That’s the MOOC that I’m doing. It’s interesting. I should have started it in December, but I got busy and didn’t prioritise it, perhaps because it’s FREE. It’s strange how our mind works when something is gratis versus when we have to pay a price for it (especially if it’s a steep price, our minds are on auto-pilot-rational, justifying how good it must be, or how we’re going to be these super amazing, cool human beings from now on, now that we’ve spent an arm and a leg getting that something that we don’t really need or could have done with similar stuff without paying an arm or a leg.

Like gymming: I just can’t be as disciplined about my exercise regime when I’m on my own versus going to a gym where I pay thousands just for that momentary “feel good”. That I’ve managed to go for 2 months, yay! and see, see, I’ve toned, I’ve lost 4kgs or see how slim my thighs (those damned thighs again!) and slowly by the time it’s the 3rd or 4th month, the ennui seeps in surreptitiously and then by the 5th, it’s like awww, chuck it, I’m okay…(and pop goes that brownie and the ice cream and you look the other way, train your mind to look the other way while your heart says, Good for you, attagirl!).

Like learning a new hobby online: yup, I can learn the guitar online or even to draw online, but the idea of learning from a flesh and blood teacher and paying them a certain fee for their effort and skill and commitment hopefully rubs off on me too and so I go at least once a week to learn to strum a few strings.

Anyway, to get back to Happiness and the Science behind it, well, will share more when I have something to share. Right now, all I can say is: happiness is a warm, fuzzy, ecstatic, unmeasurable, gooey, excited, smiling-from-ear-to-ear, loving feeling that is really difficult to measure and figure. But the professors at UC Berkeley are conducting this course that is all about positive psychology that will hopefully unravel and teach us the principles and practices of living a happy and meaningful life.

Learn more about the Course here.

So two very unrelated things here – how when we actually pay money for something, we feel compelled perhaps to do it better, be more disciplined or perhaps it’s just guilt. And how happiness can be a science and maybe we can take lessons in it. And apply those lessons to life. And maybe next time, even if we pay an arm and a leg for something that we feel will give us happiness and it doesn’t, we can then settle for something simpler, like walking or jogging or swimming or cycling that enhances our well being and doesn’t cost a whole friggin’ lot. What say?

Have a cool week ahead! Stay happy!

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