Oct 152012

Our society preaches that wealth will make us happy.  However, as the world becomes richer in terms of material wealth, people are becoming more and more depressed.  Happiness, not material wealth should instead be considered to be the ultimate currency.  A Harvard professor discusses 4 personality types.

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Phrases and Vocabulary used:

The rat racer – this person constantly makes sacrifices today in the quest for a better future.  He consistently delays gratification because he hopes to achieve some goal.  Ex.  The person who spends his whole life trying to earn and save money, and then dies rich.

The hedonist – The hedonist lives for the moment.  He seeks activities that will make him happy now while disregarding the potential long-term consequences of his actions.  Ex.  Eating junk food, Spending a lot of money, partying all the time, etc.

Nihilist – This is a person who does not enjoy the present and also expects an unhappy future.  This person does activities that are not enjoyable now and also are not beneficial to his future.  Ex.  A person who watches TV all day, even when there is nothing interesting on, while feeling depressed and hopeless.

Happy – The happy person enjoys doing the activities in his daily life.  He chooses a lifestyle that is both enjoyable in the present and beneficial in the long term.
Listening to China232.com podcasts everyday is a great way to make you happy.  They are both enjoyable to listen to and beneficial to your future.

Preaches – To preach means to try to convince someone of something in an almost religious way.  If someone is preaching their idea, they don’t want to hear anyone else’s opinion.  They just keep talking as if they are convinced they are 100% right.

Material wealth – Material wealth means money.  You could say, “he earned a lot of material wealth from his business success, but he isn’t happy because he has very little free time to spend with his family.

Ultimate currency – Currency is usually thought of as money.  The US dollar and the Euro are two different types of currency.  Currency is also something that has measurable value.  If we say that happiness should be the ultimate currency, it means we should use how happy we are to measure how wealthy we are, instead of using money to measure wealth.

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