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It seems to me that the article understands "happiness" as psychological well-being or "human well-being." Unfortunately, if this is the goal often the expression of our desires and feelings becomes the way we accomplish such well-being. But it maybe that "human well-being' or psychological well-being is more a result of something you write in a sub-point. "Ultimately, a meaningful life is centered around giving and receiving.." If meaning is centered on others... on giving... and not on expressing my desires (and awaiting recognition for a sense of dignity), then many of the bullet points mentioned become attainable, e.g. I can have rich relationships because I'm sincerely interested in the other person.

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The point of the study is that realtionships are important and that goes against the today’s fanfare of individualism. Saying that the quality of relationships needs to be another article ☺️

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"strong social connections significantly impact physical and mental well-being" [in bold font] but maybe it should be "physical and mental well-being impacts social connections" ... in simple terms... maybe the cart is in front of the horse... depending on the definition of "happiness" and "physical and mental well-being."

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Jun 2, 2023Liked by Agustin Prenga

One way to get around this "cart before the horse" - True Contentment leads to emphasis on relationships which may result in "physical and mental well-being."

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The above was the research from the book's conclusion.

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Great post! So important to foster those relationships- at all ages!

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They are the medicine of life ☺️. Thanks for commenting

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