Reality Check : Humans Aren’t Naturally Wired To Be Happy

I am very intrigued by the subject of Human Psychology. Recently, I came across an article authored by Rafael Euba (Author, Consultant and Senior Lecturer in the field of Old Age Psychiatry) which talks about why humans are naturally predisposed to feeling miserable. My first thought was “hmmm, that explains a lot!”

An excerpt-
“Nature and Evolution-
Humans are not designed to be happy, or even content. Instead, we are designed primarily to survive and reproduce, like every other creature in the natural world. A state of contentment is discouraged by nature because it would lower our guard against possible threats to our survival.
The fact that evolution has prioritized the development of a big frontal lobe in our brain (which gives us excellent executive and analytical abilities) over a natural ability to be happy, tells us a lot about nature’s priorities. Different geographical locations and circuits in the brain are each associated with certain neurological and intellectual functions, but happiness, being a mere construct with no neurological basis, cannot be found in the brain tissue.”

Not because the world needs you to be the source of their happiness.
But because, in a world that gives you so many reasons to be sad, you need to choose to focus on the things to be happy about.

Practising gratitude is not easy. That’s why the word ‘Practise‘.
It’s very easy to be miserable. Happiness takes effort. That’s the world we live in today. That’s what being a human is.
Like it or not, we all have got to learn to deal with it.

© 2020 Aanchal Nithin Prakashan All Rights Reserved.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Wah. encouraging stuff. People have a misconception that happiness is effortless. For being happy , why you should try ? But I think being happy or positive or motivated is doing inner work day in day out.

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