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On happiness


DR ICHAK ADIZES explores the topic of a meaningful life and what really brings us happiness in the material world. It is not what you may think …

The pursuit of happiness is a right given to us by the US Constitution. Is there any sane human being who does not yearn to be happy? But be careful. Not all roads to happiness are functional. There is evidence that seeking pleasure as a way to be happy could actually be the wrong focus in life.

A new book by Emily Esfahani Smith presents the research that inspired this articles. It is called The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters1.

Seeking and living a life of pleasure might make you happy in the short run, but without deeper meaning it could make you miserable over time. Like sugar, it is sweet and gratifying while consumed, but has undesirable side effects in the long run. Drugs, sex without love, and rich food all provide short-term gratification; they might make you happy for a while only to be followed by a feeling of emptiness over time.


People who pursue happiness are takers. They take from life as much as possible, in any way that will gratify them, and as soon as possible. When a person who is dependent on instant gratification is not given the pleasure they insist on having, they feel like a baby who is pulled away from their mother’s breast. They cry with or without tears. Depending on the age.

So, what does make people happy in the long run? A meaningful life, the author says.

People who have a meaningful life are givers and not takers. At times they may be miserable. Giving and sacrificing are hard work, but in the long run they fulfill. Take parenting as an example. It does not make you happy to have a rebellious teenager, but over time there will be moments of absolute happiness, like when grandchildren arrive. You know the joke: grandchildren are the reward you get for not killing your children.

So, pursuing happiness by seeking immediate rewards is instantly gratifying, but can make you miserable in the long run.

Read the complete article in Volume 2, Issue 4

Published with permission from www.ichakadizes.com. Learn more about Dr Adizes at //adizes.com/dr-ichak-adizes/




Dr. Ichak Adizes

About Dr. Ichak Adizes

Dr. Ichak Adizes is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading management experts. He has received 21 honorary doctorates and is the author of 27 books that have been translated into 36 languages. Dr. Adizes is recognized by Leadership Excellence Journal as one of the top thirty thought leaders of America.

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  1. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Just so that you don’t sound uninformed, the pursuit of happiness is not in the US Constitution, it is in the Declaration of Independence.

  3. Avatar Arthur J. Marr : October 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Adizes’ opinion is completely right, and is mirrored in the Berridge-Kringelbach hypothesis for happiness, which describes the neurological correlates to a meaningful life.

    This is an argument that takes the interpretation of happiness proposed by the distinguished neuroscientists Kent Berridge and Morton Kringelbach (happiness reflects concurrent increases in dopamine and opioid levels in the brain) and provides the first procedural demonstration of their hypothesis. Since the procedure is simple, innocuous, and easily falsifiable, if it doesn’t work, you will know it fast. My argument is provided in a free little book on the neuropsychology of rest, which was vetted and endorsed by Dr. Berridge. A synopsis of my argument is below and also on pp. 43-45 of the book. The book and Berridge’s article are linked below.

    Below is my argument in a nutshell:

    Individuals who engage in tasks in which they perceive a consistent and high degree of present and anticipated novel and positive outcomes or ‘meaning’ (e.g. sporting events, creative activity, doing productive work) commonly report a feeling of high alertness and arousal that may be construed to be due to the activation of mid-brain dopamine systems. However, a significant subset of these individuals also report a feeling of pleasure that is characteristic of opioid release, but these reports occur only in non-stressed situations when the musculature is relaxed. Since relaxation engages opioid systems in the brain, and because opioid and dopamine systems stimulate each other, the resulting blissful states require the simultaneous engagement of resting protocols and meaningful cognitive states, behaviors that are very easily achieved. In this way, which engages both resting protocols and an active sense of meaning, both dopamine and opioid release can be increased in the brain, and provide a level of deep rest that can effectively mitigate stress and anxiety while producing feelings of satisfaction or happiness.



  4. Thanks for sharing.

    Whatever we do in life, we do it to become happy. But do we really know what happiness is?

  5. I am curious, how did you reach the conclusion that “People who pursue happiness are takers”? It’s interesting in the negative sense to discuss the meaning of happiness only in the material sense.
    The article shows lack of understanding of the circular energy of giving and receiving. Giving does not work without receiving and receiving does not work without giving. We all have needs that need to be met. It is careless to think that one finds meaning only in giving! Balance is the just way. Read Deepak Chopra’s Seven Laws of Success.

  6. Happiness is achieved when my family members and I are safe and healthy.

  7. Nice

  8. Home, traveling, flowers and getting cute massages in the morning. There is no one standard for the definition of being happy. People have different meanings of happy but we should enjoy every thing makes us happy whatever it is.

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