The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
Pushkin Industries
Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: Confucius
36 minutes Posted Apr 25, 2021 at 9:05 pm.
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The Covid pandemic has robbed us of many rituals and ceremonies we took for granted - from simple handshakes to elaborate graduation ceremonies. Their loss is important - rituals contribute to our happiness in so many ways. Something the ancient Chinese teacher Confucius contemplated deeply.

Harvard professor Peter Bol (who teaches ChinaX at explains why Confucius thought that ritual behaviours can bring us and our communities peace and joy - but why we need to create traditions and rules and customs that serve others, not just ourselves.

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