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Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy?

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Puett aims to open his students’ eyes to a different way to approach everything from relationships to career decisions. He teaches them that:


  • The smallest actions have the most profound ramifications.
  • Decisions are made from the heart.
  • If the body leads, the mind will follow.
One of Puett’s former students, Adam Mitchell, was a math and science whiz who went to Harvard intending to major in economics. At Harvard specifically and in society in general, he told me, “we’re expected to think of our future in this rational way: to add up the pros and cons and then make a decision. That leads you down the road of ‘Stick with what you’re good at’”—a road with little risk but little reward. But after his introduction to Chinese philosophy during his sophomore year, he realized this wasn’t the only way to think about the future. Instead, he tried courses he was drawn to but wasn’t naturally adroit at because he had learned how much value lies in working hard to become better at what you love.

He became more aware of the way he was affected by those around him, and how they were affected by his own actions in turn. Mitchell threw himself into foreign language learning, feels his relationships have deepened, and is today working towards a master’s degree in regional studies. He told me, “I can happily say that Professor Puett lived up to his promise, that the course did in fact change my life.”

Source: Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy? - Christine Gross-Loh - The Atlantic
 

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Five Ways Money Can Buy You Happiness

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1. Buy Experiences
Research shows that experiences provide more happiness than material goods in part because experiences are more likely to make us feel connected to others.

2. Don’t Overindulge Yourself
Abundance is the enemy of appreciation. This is the sad reality of the human experience: in general, the more we’re exposed to something, the more its impact diminishes.

3. Buy Time
We too often sacrifice our free time just to save a little money. Many of use wish we had more free time to do more of what we love.

4. Pay Now, Consume Later
Consuming later provides time for positive expectations to develop.

5. Invest in Others
Dunn and Norton say their research shows that spending even small amounts of money on others can make a difference in your happiness level.

Source: Five ways money can buy you happiness - The Washington Post
 

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Excerpt:

1. Buy Experiences
Research shows that experiences provide more happiness than material goods in part because experiences are more likely to make us feel connected to others.

2. Don’t Overindulge Yourself
Abundance is the enemy of appreciation. This is the sad reality of the human experience: in general, the more we’re exposed to something, the more its impact diminishes.

3. Buy Time
We too often sacrifice our free time just to save a little money. Many of use wish we had more free time to do more of what we love.

4. Pay Now, Consume Later
Consuming later provides time for positive expectations to develop.

5. Invest in Others
Dunn and Norton say their research shows that spending even small amounts of money on others can make a difference in your happiness level.

Source: Five ways money can buy you happiness - The Washington Post
The real question is: How can you sell happiness for money?
 
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