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They spend thousands of dollars for a long weekend with the Landmark Forum, a “personal and professional growth” company that touts its ability to “have the possibility not only of success, but also of fulfillment and greatness.” Rhonda Byrne’s has seen explosive sales and gathered an impassioned following, even as researchers have debunked many of its core premises.
And there is seemingly no end to the silent retreats, digital detox destinations, vegan cruises, and more that promise to make us happier.
In fact, a desire to connect in real life despite steady “connection” through our digital feeds may be part of what has helped fuel the self-help movement and the happiness industry at large.
People pay to visit packed convention centers to see author and entrepreneur Tony Robbins dart around a stage and reveal advice.
After four years, scads of lays, and many great girlfriends (plus plenty of failures along the way), he launched this website.
Today, there are happiness consultants, happiness coaches, happiness summits, and happiness workplace seminars, which in some cases may be mandatory for employees.
In 2007, the United Nations ranked the United States as the third happiest nation in the world, but in 2017, it dropped us to 19th place.
Acknowledging pain and discomfort motivates someone to get that lump checked out by a doctor.
“They’re all together and there’s somebody on stage saying, ‘We can do it! Others are rebelling against the commodification of happiness at the expense of experiencing real-life ups and downs.
The value in not being , Barbara Ehrenreich makes the case for why it’s virtuous for workplaces to have some pessimists on hand.
Yet despite the trillions of dollars, the branding, and the brassy platitudes, Americans remain among the most miserable people on earth.
Happiness in this country—if you were to even try to measure it—has plunged.
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