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Don't underestimate biochemistry!

If you know a guy who is a really decent, nice guy, but is a real jerk when he's drunk... and you come across him at some annual party, and he's drunk, and being a jerk... then what do you think about him?

Do you think, "He's a really jerk"?

No, of course not.

You think, "Ah, it's just the liquor."

We all know that alcohol and intoxicants change your biochemistry, how you act, and your personality. And we cut people a bit of slack for acting differently than normal on those sorts of things.


On Flourish

I was asked whether shooting for happiness is a worthwhile goal. When people refer to "happiness", I think they typically mean feeling really great. I do not think it is good to try to feel that all the time--or even possible.

Martin Seligman addressed this and prefers to expand the definition. A lot of people talk about "Well Being". Below is Seligman's definition of Well Being (from the book "Flourish"):


Positive Emotion

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