I’m listening to a series of lectures through the Great Courses on Audible: The Science of Mindfulness. Homeboy [read: Professor Siegal, Harvard] said, “We didn’t actually evolve to be happy.”
Through the centuries our growing cortex had a great value for survival, but it also set us up for an awful lot of psychological suffering. Given that the cortex evolved to analyze the past and imagine the future, it’s clear where the suffering began.
I’ve written and spoken at length about our genetic predisposition to seek out negativity, but nothing sums it up like a tweet-worthy snippet: “We didn’t actually evolve to be happy.”
And there you have it, brother.
I leave you with this: All the more reason to work for it. Happiness that is;)