We’re at the University Center at the University of Miami. It’s Spring Break but we’ve managed to round up students and professors to talk about happiness. Here’s a look at the set up.
My doctor was all about getin my money. I quit takin my drugs, I feel better, no call from doctor to see if I am ok, It’s all about the money to sell drugs. 541-280-7640 Brian
The discussion has moved from happiness to the problem of over-diagnosing unhappiness as clinical depression. I suggest that we focus on happiness. What conditions support happiness?
I believe that the character of our environments, especially the warmth and fellowship of human community, greatly affects our happiness and sadness. Even deep hopelessness, can be cheered and mitigated by the warmth of community.
The over-built US way of life tends to be far more isolating than many other cultures. I for example, am sad much of the time and have been all my life. But I lived and worked in Mexico for 6 months in 2000. And I lived 9 months in Panama City the year following. I was not depressed one minute in those 15 months.
On my return to USA, my daughter insisted that I see a counselor for my despondancy, and the counselor, in a half-hour interview, recommended that I take the antidepressant that was most in vogue at that time.
Misdiagnosis of unhappiness as depression is a bigger problem here not just because we over-prescribe, but because there is less environmental support for happiness, leading to unhappiness as part of the American way of life.
Happiness is a natural sate. Bur being conscious in the world is the larger context for our states of feelings. When one is engaged and cares in the world, one cannot but be saddened by the woes of the world, near and afar. If one is not depressed some of the time, one is not paying attention.
Cheers and happiness to all.
I cant belive you spent a whole week in Miami and did not discuss the out dated Cuban policy here. I have been here 4 months and there was so many stories you could have covered. The one is the cuban policy and the other is the healthcare situation. One hospital here is going to a crisises becasue of lack of pople that pay for treatment. It would have been good to talk about. The other is the recentment of the communities here especially the haitian and cuban. So i am really up set that you are wasting a segments on simple things. Maybe its because your at a private school with americans that are use to simple topics
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