Monday, November 12, 2007

The grass is always greener

In recent conversations with friends, I've told them how trapped I sometimes feel as a student.

I told one working friend that I need more balance in my life, that it seems that all I do is study; she wrote back and told me how she'd been wishing that she could just sit all day in coffeeshops and concentrate on learning. I told a friend in Mozambique how much I wished I were there. She quickly wrote back with a list of reasons she wishes she were here.

Why is it so hard for us to be happy?


Steve said...

I agree with your question.

I think the brain is hard-wired to prevent long term happiness. It's got all these feedback channels that prevent any sort of overabundance of the good neurotransmitters. I think that's what causes near-death experiences - these systems are the first to stop working when oxygen gets too low, which makes you feel like you're in heaven.

I can't wait!


Rica said...

Wow, that's really interesting... I'd never thought that maybe it's adaptive -- maybe it kept moving us to new areas of the savannah. Sounds like a thesis project to me.

Chenoa said...

yeah... i have the same kinds of conversations with my friends.

i'm so glad you're writing for the rest of us to see :)