Oct 13, 2022
There is more and more research on the determinants and results
of happiness in human life, and on the show today we get to do an
amazing deep dive on this subject with social psychologist, and
author of Happier Hour, Cassie Holmes. Cassie is
currently running a course at UCLA Anderson School of Management
called 'Applying the Science of Happiness to Life Design', and her
book draws directly from the content of this course. In our chat,
Cassie shares some definitive data on what actually influences our
happiness in significant ways, how to invest and allocate your
available time, approaches to offsetting hedonic adaptation, and
the vital importance of relationships and exercise. Our guest also
talks about popular misconceptions and cultural perceptions about
success, and why assessing your values and purpose can make
achieving more happiness much more realistic. It is here that we
find Cassie's main thesis; that through reflection and tracking we
can determine more accurately how to use our time in the different
parts of our lives and increase our day-to-day happiness, so make
sure to join us for this episode of the Rational Reminder.
Key Points From This Episode:
- The science behind the important benefits of happiness.
- Current research into the measurement of happiness.
- Cassie talks about the roots of the course she teaches on
- Misconceptions about what makes us happy and the lasting power
of notions of success. (0:10:25)
- The cultural roots of our perceptions of happiness.
- Determinants of happiness; Cassie shares the biggest factors in
our emotional landscape. (0:20:16)
- Working towards a goal, time tracking, and entering flow
- Happiness as a decision and as a disposition; how much
control do we have? (0:30:26)
- How comparison undermines and robs us of happiness.
- Cassie unpacks how to understand the role of relationships in
our lives. (0:38:30)
- A story from Cassie illustrating the links between
discretionary time and happiness. (0:43:35)
- Amounts of discretionary time to allocate to yourself each day.
- The worst ways to use time and the activities that enhance
feelings of loneliness. (0:52:02)
- Cassie's advice on how to avoid time poverty and what to
- The dangers of an over-emphasis on productivity and urgency.
- Aligning your values and purpose in the professional sphere of
your life. (1:01:38)
- How the remote landscape and work-from-home model has impacted
- Going over the exercises and assignments that Cassie finds to
be most impactful for her students. (1:06:36)
- Cassie's definition of success and its relation to her clearly
defined purpose. (1:11:33)