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Essay 4 - Joseph Dombrosky Professor Manley May 1 2008 TA...

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Joseph Dombrosky Professor Manley May 1, 2008 TA: Sam Shpall Essay #4 Data as Confirmation or Denial There have been many claims made about meaning and happiness. Jonathan Haidt in his book, The Happiness Hypothesis , discusses these claims and offers support for some and criticism for others. Two claims he analyzes deal with Buddhism. The first is Buddha’s teaching that “real happiness is found within…” (CR, “The Buddha and His Teachings,” p. 61). Haidt agrees with this claim, relating that only by “breaking attachments to external things and cultivating an attitude of acceptance” can you be happy (HH, p. 82). He goes on to relate the progress principle to support this. Citing several psychological studies, Haidt explains that people report the most happiness from making progress towards a goal than completing it; this can be reworded to emphasize the point that people find more please, and possibly meaning, from the journey than from the potential object that they will be attached to (whether it be a project, diploma, etc.). The
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