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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 | COBB LIFE 37 "Being an idealist is being a realist in the deepest sense – it is being true to our real nature," he writes. "Without our higher purpose, a calling, an ideal, we cannot attain our full potential happiness…Being an idealist is about having a sense of purpose that encompasses our life as a whole; but for us to be happy, it is not enough to experience our life as meaningful on the general level of the big picture. We need to find meaning on the specific level of our daily existence as well…It is oen difficult to sustain ourselves with the thought of a general sense of purpose that lies far off on the horizon: we need a more specific and tangible sense that we are doing something meaningful next week, tomorrow, later today." Dr. Harmon says research shows that even something as basic as commuting to work can have a profound impact on whether a person does or doesn't attain happiness. "People who commute long distances to work think they reach an equilibrium of happiness because they drive a long way but have a bigger house or better income or their kids are in better schools. But they don't actually reach that equilibrium. For every hour that you commute a day, your income would need to be 40 percent higher to reach that equilibrium. And that rarely happens," he says. ere is certainly a happiness movement sweeping through the nation, which Dr. Harmon says that, as a professor and speaker on all things happiness, makes him, "WITHOUT OUR HIGHER PURPOSE, A CALLING, AN IDEAL, WE CANNOT ATTAIN OUR FULL POTENTIAL HAPPINESS…"

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