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    What leads to happiness?

    Discontent can spur you toward important goals
  • Discontent is not immediately pleasurable. In fact, being around people who are discontented isn't always fun. But when we abstract from ourselves and imagine the function of discontent as a disposition in the world, we find that it does propel us toward the goals of justice and respect.
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  • By Devora Shapiro
    Discontent is not immediately pleasurable. In fact, being around people who are discontented isn't always fun. But when we abstract from ourselves and imagine the function of discontent as a disposition in the world, we find that it does propel us toward the goals of justice and respect.
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