Originally posted at Made to Flourish.

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology at Knox College and his team have done widespread research on happiness. They have found that the idea of happiness comes from either intrinsic or extrinsic goal setting. Intrinsic goals are relational and communal. These goals include purposeful things like learning something new or working hard. Extrinsic goals tend toward: money, status, and image. In every case those who pursue intrinsic goals are happier than those who pursue extrinsic goals.

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