Happiness: Mega millions, pleasure and gratification

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2012 - Winning mega millions in the lottery touches on the subject of happiness. Or does it? It might be more accurate to say that it touches on the ease of obtaining pleasure. Mega money buys us pleasurable goods and experiences, and there is nothing wrong with that. The only catch is, pleasure disappears like cotton candy on the tongue, and does not of itself create a meaningful life.

University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman discovered that people make happier choices when they understand the difference between feelings of pleasure and a feeling of gratification. He observed this while teaching a class to undergraduates about whether happiness could be taught …

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