Perspective: Paul Bloom’s Origins of Pleasure

by Dr. Christopher on August 22, 2011

If there were a way to be more happy in life by controlling your thoughts, would you believe it?

Better yet, would you do it?

It turns out, your deepest beliefs about the object of your attention greatly affect how much pleasure you get from that object.

Real artwork, complete with creative processes and effort intact, allow us much more pleasure than your cheaper, forged type.

Your grandmother’s home cooking right out of the oven, with love and precision baked in, gives us more satiety than an apple pie bought from the food store and served cold.

A rainy day that allows you to appreciate just being alive gives you more fulfillment than a sunny day without any perspective.

In the video below (, psychologist Paul Bloom discusses how human beings are essentialists.  How we think about the object of our attention derives how much pleasure or pain we get out of it.

In other words, is it paper with colors or a magical piece of creation?  Is it just a swim in the ocean or a chance to experience the humongousness (is that a word?  If it wasn’t, it is now) of the Earth?  Is it a patient that will pay me money or a chance to change someone’s life? Is it exercising and eating well to feel good or to live five years longer for your grandchildren? Are they golf clubs or John F. Kennedy’s golf clubs?  The loss of a loved one or a way to remember the lessons learned? 

Where can you find depth in your life?

Where can re-framing your thinking unleash a happiness that was unimaginable before?

What are your thoughts about perspective?

Where can re-framing your thinking unleash a happiness you couldn’t imagine before?

Dr. Christopher Stepien is a chiropractor, chronic pain specialist, and A.R.T. provider, and clinic director of the Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Morristown, NJ.  He practices out of Crossfit Morristown.
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