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  1. First, you can. Not banter. Happiness is a very subjective state.�

    Secondly, to be CONSTANTLY happy means to give up the range of feelings that are considered “negative”: anger, sadness, frustration, grief, anxiety, disgust, etc. – And this, from my point of view, is crippling. That is, we need these feelings, they are useful, they signal us about our real needs. Trying to ignore them is like driving on a busy highway, removing all the road signs, all the markings, all the traffic lights, and leaving only the “Bon Voyage!”billboards.

    • I allow myself to be generally aware of myself as a happy person. Live your days with pleasure. At the same time, allowing yourself any feelings – like a working dashboard. Well, this is about my experience.

    ..Much of the experience of a naval construction battalion in the Far East in 18-20 years helped in this. The first months. And the next ones, when the load of hazing began to decrease slightly. You really begin to appreciate and understand VERY simple joys. Enlightens.

  2. Happiness is an urban myth that has replaced the outdated paradigm of survival. Our assessment of phenomena on the bad-good scale is nothing more than an evolutionary mechanism that provides certain advantages in the wild, spurring abstract thinking in the direction opposite to death, towards survival and reproduction. It provides a gradation of stimuli on this scale by releasing certain substances into the blood: serotonin, endorphin and dopamine. In fact, all human progress today is the result of total dissatisfaction, constant frustration, motivating for improvement, struggle.

    Here is what neuroscientist Nikolai Kukushkin writes about this: “A good mood is rewarded with food obtained, a skill mastered, the conquest of a female, etc.The reward system is designed so that we enjoy the right things. But this is a very tricky system. The” amount ” of the reward-expressed in the degree of activity of nerve cells that secrete dopamine-is not set once and for all, but relative. An achievement is not just something useful, but something that is better than usual.

    The goal of the reward system is to ensure that you never relax. To do this, it calibrates the reward by responding to habituation. If there is suddenly so much good that you don't need to make any effort to get it, the reward system will stop responding to it and drive you to look for something even better.

    The thing is that there is very little good in nature, so you can't just get used to it. Problems, as usual, arise because we live in completely alien conditions: unlimited calories, lots of entertainment and a warm bed. So a banana is enough for a monkey to enjoy, and we need plasma TVs, techno parties, and minute-by-minute dopamine injections of Facebook comments.”

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