It seems like today is one of those days where I have no ideas in my head.
So I’ll just talk about my day.
On second thought, better not. It’s depressing enough that I don’t have any ideas to write about.
Well, I did have an idea about having to do something vs choosing to do something but changed my mind.
Or maybe I can write about that?
It came to me while listening to the book, The Neuroscience of Mindfulness. There was a story of the doctor asking cancer patients why they were undergoing treatment. The patients would talk about all their obligations to family, etc. The doctor would then call in the family and friends and one-by-one assign all those obligations to each of them. Afterwards, with no obligations, the patients started to recover. It was then about wanting to live rather than having to live.
The thing is I can find no reference to this story anywhere. Well on Google that is, which is essentially the same thing.
So, nice story, but I don’t know if it’s true.
But I do understand choosing to do something vs having to do it. Making the choice puts us in control rather than being controlled. And we all want autonomy.
Which begs the question, if autonomy is such a big contributor to happiness, and autonomy means being in control of one’s path, why do we have people who believe in gods?
Religious people tend to be happier according to a Pew study. Of course correlation does not imply causation, but they did say there might be a relationship.
Something to think about. Maybe even write about.
Not now though. I have no ideas today.