Posted 4 years ago on June 16, 2016, 3:41 p.m. EST by agkaiser
from Fredericksburg, TX
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In the land where individuality, private property and competition rule, we all make our own choices and are responsible for our happiness - or un - that is thereby acquired. We all know that, don't we?
Of course your employers may make some choices that make some of yours more possible than others. And now that neuro scientists have given them a "happiness index" to help measure your pschological fitness to be a reflection of the righteousness of corporate people, the probability that you'll be in a position to make those good choices will be more than ever dependent on your "good" attitude.
from:"The Happiness Industry" by William Davies (Verso, 2016)
"... Neuroscientists identify how happiness and unhappiness are physically inscribed in the brain, as the researchers in Wisconsin did with Matthieu Ricard, and seek out neural explanations for why singing and greenery seem to improve our mental well-being. They claim to have found the precise parts of the brain which generate positive and negative emotions, including an area that provokes ‘bliss’ when stimulated, and a 'pain dimmer switch'....
"... A growing number of corporations employ 'chief happiness officers', while Google has an in-house 'jolly good fellow' to spread mindfulness and empathy. Specialist happiness consultants advise employers on how to cheer up their employees, the unemployed on how to restore their enthusiasm to work, and - in one case in London - those being forcibly displaced from their homes on how to move on emotionally...."
"Oh brave new world ..." Neither W.S. nor A.H. imagined such a magical or proscription minded world as we live in.