practical wisdom – the key to happiness

[taken from TED talks – Barry Schwartz ]

In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question “How do we do the right thing?” With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.

He mentioned bending the rules and the need for improvisation.
Aristotel spoke first about the term of practical wisdom ~ the master virtue.
I will write some ideas that he spoke about in the end of his speech.

What makes people happy ?

The answer is love and work.
~ managing successful relationships with people that are close to you in communities from which you are a part.
~ engaging in activities that are meaningful and satisfying.
If you have that (good relationships with others) and work that is meaningful and fulfilling, you don’t much need anything else.
To love well and to work well you need wisdom.
Rules and incentives don’t tell you how to be a good parent, friend, parent, spouse or how to be a good doctor, lawyer or teacher.
Rules and incentives are no substitutes for wisdom.
Practical wisdom gives us the will and the skill to do right by ourselves.


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