CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Why your happiness matters to the planetJuly 22, 2008 by Shannon

July 22nd 2008.

Scientists say this need for community may be a result of humanity’s long evolution in groups. Living together conferred an advantage, they say. In the hunter-gatherer world, relatedness, autonomy, curiosity, and competence – the very things that psychologists find make people happy – “had payoffs that were pretty clear,” says Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester in New York. “Aspiring for a lot of material goods is actually unhappiness-produ­cing,” he says. “People who value material good and wealth also are people who are treading more heavily on the earth – and not getting happier.”

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By Moises Velasquez-Manoff, Staff Writer of The Christian Science Monitor