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Deepak Chopra: the secret to happiness

Whether it’s selling 300 properties, writing a certain figure in GCI, spending more time with family or building up your fitness, author and alternative medicine pioneer Deepak Chopra asserts the pursuit of happiness is behind all that we do.

In this thought-provoking discussion, Chopra joins neuroscientist Rudi Tanzi to unveil the happiness formula, while Tanzi delves into the adaptation of our brains and how we assign meaning to life experiences.

Together, they offer insights on personal fulfilment, the evolution of consciousness, and the profound interconnectedness between ourselves and the universe.

The five key takeaways are:

  1. Happiness is the ultimate goal of life: Chopra asserts that happiness is not just a fleeting emotion but the underlying purpose behind all our pursuits. Whether it’s achieving success, forming meaningful relationships, or maintaining good health, the ultimate motivation behind these goals is the belief that they will bring us happiness and contentment.
  2. The happiness formula: Chopra introduces the “happiness formula” as determined by social scientists. He explains that the formula consists of three components. The first component, S (setpoint in the brain), refers to how we perceive and interpret the world. Happy people tend to see opportunities rather than problems. The second component, C (conditions of living), represents the external factors that influence our happiness, such as financial stability and material success. The third component, V (choices we make), refers to our daily choices and actions that contribute to our overall wellbeing and happiness.
  3. Personal pleasure versus. fulfilment: Chopra highlights the difference between personal pleasure and fulfilment. He suggests that personal pleasure, which includes activities like shopping and entertainment, provides temporary enjoyment but does not lead to lasting happiness. On the other hand, fulfilment comes from engaging in activities that provide a sense of purpose, contribution, and meaning in our lives. It involves pursuing goals beyond mere self-gratification and aligning our actions with our values and passions.
  4. Evolution of meaning in life: Chopra describes the progression of meaning in life through different stages. Initially, our primary concerns revolve around survival and safety. As we progress, we strive for success and achievement, driven by ambition and goal-oriented behavior. The next stage involves seeking love and belongingness, forming meaningful connections and relationships. Finally, we move towards developing real self-esteem, which involves finding our authentic selves beyond societal expectations, criticism, or flattery. This self-esteem is rooted in creativity, imagination, fearlessness, and self-discovery.
  5. The power to shape the world: Chopra believes that human beings have the power to shape the world around them. He emphasizes that we are not separate from the universe but an integral part of it. Recognizing our interconnectedness and self-awareness, we have the ability to contribute to the world’s evolution and transformation. Despite the challenges faced globally, Chopra sees it as an opportune moment for positive change and urges individuals to reflect on their own contributions and take action. By living the questions, exploring existential matters, and recognizing our place in the vast universe, we can make a meaningful impact on the world.

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