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The Happiness Purpose

by Edward de Bono (includes links to many of his other books)

Happiness Purpose




Contents

From pages 8 and 9

The proposed religion (in this book) is based on the belief that the legitimate purpose of life is happiness and the best foundation for happiness is self-importance.

The happiness purpose is to be achieved through the use of thinking and humour and dignity. The ideal of love is to be replaced by the more reliable practice of respect.

The new religion may be used as a framework or as a philosophy. It may be used as a way of living or a way of looking at things. The new religion may be used on its own or in conjunction with any other religion.

Unlike some others, the new religion focuses on the positive aspects of man's nature.

It may of course be that 'religion' is the wrong word.

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The world may need a new religion simply because it intends to find one anyway

  • The proposed religion
  • Introduction
  • Nature
    • Religion and Change
    • Meta-Systems
      • Meta-System definition
        • Examples
        • Suicides (lack of a meta-system)
        • A device for reacting
      • Gödel's theorem
      • The use of meta-systems
        • Explanation
        • Origin and destiny
        • Purpose
        • Value
        • Decision
        • Judgement
        • Action
        • Achievement
        • Simplicity
        • The hump effect
      • The community as a meta-system
      • Internalized meta-systems
      • Astrology
      • Ping-pong ball
    • Elements of a New Meta-System
      • Happiness and enjoyment
      • Positive aspects of man's nature
      • Life-enhancing
      • Involvement in the world
      • Now-care and future-care
      • Self-enhancing
      • Humour
      • Balance
      • A god of man's mind
      • New thinking system
      • Truth
      • Respect
      • Activity and achievement
      • Structure
      • System cheats
      • Organization
      • New words
      • Details in following sections
      • Only a framework
    • God, Belief and Meta-Systems
      • God as creator
      • Self-organizing systems
      • God and self-organizing systems
      • Belief and the new meta-system
    • Truth
      • The need for absolute truth
      • Types of absolute truth
        • Mathematical truth
        • Logical truth
        • Scientific truth
        • Mystic truth
        • Revealed truth
        • Dogmatic truth
      • The process of truth
      • Proof and truth
      • The consequences of absolute truth
      • Proto-truth
      • Proto-truths and absolute truths
      • Practical varieties of truth
        • Absolute truth
        • Proto-truth
        • Hypothesis
        • Pragmatic truth
      • Proto-truth and hypothesis
      • Proto-truth and pragmatism
      • The consequences of proto-truth
        • Defence
        • Persecution and intolerance
        • Man's mind
      • The practical use of proto-truths
    • The Mind of Man as God
      • Perception as a self-organizing system
      • Towel and gelatine systems
        • The towel model
        • The gelatine model is different
      • The gelatine model and the brain
      • The importance of patterns
      • Alternative patterns
      • Changing patterns
      • Influencing patterns
    • Thinking
      • Purpose of thinking
      • Misconceptions about thinking
      • Ignorance and information
      • Beauty and feeling
      • Mistakes
      • The ego and thinking
      • Unsolved problems
      • Wisdom and cleverness
    • Exlectics
      • Exlectics and dialectics
      • The process of exlectics
        • Exploration stage
        • Extract a key-point from the situation
        • 'Re-clothing' of the key-point
        • Modification and development of the new idea to make it workable
      • The lump effect
      • Changing ideas
    • Humour
      • Humour and perception
      • Negative aspect of humour
    • The Biodic Symbol (Biodos)
      • What the biodic symbol means
      • Sequence of experience
      • Humour and the biodic symbol
      • Possibility of perceptual change
      • Hope
      • Different ways of looking at things
      • Moving away
      • Going back
      • The lump effect
      • The edge effect
      • The hump effect
      • Functional symbol
      • Stable patterns
      • Use of the biodic symbol
    • Self
      • Christianity and self
      • Buddhism and self
      • Marxism and self
      • The abdication of self
      • The deep self
      • Burden or joy
    • Life-Space and Self-Space
      • Life-space
      • Self-space
      • The gap
      • Pressure and opportunity
      • Self-improvement
      • Different life-spaces
      • Dignity and happiness
    • Happiness
      • Deliberate happiness
      • Types of happiness
        • Pleasure
        • Excitement
        • Enthusiasm
        • Joy
        • Interest
        • Relief
        • Peace
      • Now-care and future-care
      • Balance
      • Action
      • Ups and downs
      • Limitations
    • Activity and Achievement
      • Apathy and activity
      • Boredom
      • Action activity
      • Awareness activity
      • Achievement
      • Achievement and life-space
        • Oasis of competence
        • Confidence
        • Ratio-effect
      • Direction
        • Helping other people
        • Hobbies and special interests
        • Work
        • Organization and community work
      • Inner-world activity
      • Reactive activity and projective activity
      • High-achievers and competition
      • World involvement
    • Dignity
      • The value of self-space
      • Plurality
      • Self-improvement
        • Increasing control
        • Detachment
        • Actual change
        • Perceptual change
        • Discipline
      • Oscillations
      • Dignity and happiness
    • Respect
      • The three respects
      • Positive respect
      • Ordinary interaction
      • Competition
      • Conflict
      • Bullying
      • Help
      • Responsibility
      • Size of respect
    • Mood
      • Holiday mood
      • Other beliefs
      • Positive
      • Constructive
      • Happiness and enjoyment
      • Self
      • Respect
      • Humour
      • Tolerance
      • Plurality
      • Gentle
      • Sensitivity
      • Effectiveness
      • Focus
      • Activity
      • Achievement
      • Involvement
      • System sins
      • Control
      • Practical and realistic
      • Opportunity
      • Day-to-day
      • Balance
      • Wisdom
      • Simplicity
    • Summary
      • Belief
      • Man's mind
      • Proto-truths
      • Biodic symbol
      • Self
      • Life-space
      • Self-space
      • Cope/demand ratio
      • Dignity
      • Respect
      • Happiness
      • Activity
      • Key elements
  • Application
    • Application
    • Avoid
      • Negativity
      • Criticism
      • Opposition
      • Put-downs
      • Sneer
      • Superiority
      • Pretension
      • Egotism
      • Bullying
      • What you can get away with
      • Violence
      • Cynicism
      • World-weariness
      • Boredom
      • Apathy
      • Drift
      • Self-pity
      • Props
      • Passivity
    • Applied Thinking
      • The purpose of thinking
        • Enjoyment
        • Problem-solving
        • Review
        • Perceptual change
        • Preceding overlap each other
      • Starting-point
        • Scan
        • Focus
        • Analysis
      • Framework
        • TEC-PISCO framework
          • TEC
          • PISCO
          • The above framework is only an example
        • Such a framework is not a restricting structure but a liberating one
      • Being wrong
        • Instant judgement
        • Inadequate scan
        • Magnitude effect
        • Point-to-point
      • Being right
        • Error-free
        • Emotional rightness
        • Unique rightness
      • Decision
        • Priorities
        • Review
        • Consequences
        • Alteration
        • Prepared to give up
      • Lateral thinking
        • The three basic processes of lateral thinking
          • Stepping-stone
          • Concept-challenge
          • Random juxtaposition
        • There are many other techniques and processes in lateral thinking
      • Exlectics
      • Practical problems with thinking
    • Life-Space Care
      • Content of the life-space
        • Expectations
        • Pressures
        • Tensions
      • Action processes
        • Ignore them
        • Discard them
        • Flee them
        • Change them
      • Tools
        • Focus
        • Thinking
        • Discipline
        • Cut-off
        • Convenience
      • Abilities and talents
      • Sources of unhappiness
      • Maps
      • Caution
    • Self-Space Care
      • Activity of awareness
      • The moment
      • Activity of action
        • Forms of action activity
          • Hobbies
          • Craft
          • Organizing
          • Involvement
          • Work
          • Helping others
          • Interest
          • Sport
          • Television
      • Achievement
      • Intensity
      • Plurality
      • Stone-cutters' religion
    • Happiness Profiles
      • Ingredients of happiness
      • In setting up a happiness profile it is useful to keep certain things in mind
        • Distraction
        • Counter-effective
        • Effort-expensive
        • Continuity
        • Green-field
        • Sensitization
        • Trade-off
        • Cut-off
      • Happiness audit
      • Happiness foundation
    • Balance
      • Types of balance
        • The spectrum type of balance
        • The mix type of balance
        • The alternation type of balance
      • Dealing with balance
        • Recognition and audit
        • Middle-place concepts
        • Personality
        • Counter-effective
        • Trade-off
        • Cut off
        • Sequence
        • Artificial proportions
      • Balance areas
        • Adjustment and change
        • Involvement and drop-out
        • Now-care and future-care
        • Ignore and react
        • Inner world and outer world
        • Awareness activity and action activity
        • Projective and reactive action
        • Excitement and peace
        • Stability and change
        • Prejudice and doubt
        • Lateral and logical thinking
        • Self and society
        • Structure and freedom
      • Perfect balance
    • Relationships
      • Respect
      • Positive respect
      • The three respects
      • Relationship between individuals
      • Non-intrusion
      • Relationship between individual and society
        • Regulation
        • Modification
        • Replacement
      • Positive respect and the soda! system
      • Priorities
        • Attention
        • Conflict
        • Action
      • Dialectic
      • Failure of respect
  • Action
    • Action Steps
      • 1 Mood and attitude
        • Positive and constructive
        • Anti-negative
        • Happiness and enjoyment
        • Self
        • Respect
        • Anti-passivity
        • Summary
      • 2 Review and audit
        • Life-space maps
        • Happiness-profile and audit
        • EPA
        • Recognize
        • Identify
      • 3 Focus and objectives
        • Problems
        • Tasks
        • Activity
        • Balance
        • Priorities
        • Conflict
        • Summary
      • 4 Self-space examination
      • 5 Life-space examination
      • 6 Shrinking
      • 7 Expanding
        • Coping
        • Activity
      • 8 Practice and training
        • Being positive
        • The shrug
        • Awareness activity
        • Decision and problem-solving
        • Thinking
      • 9 Understanding
      • 10 Organization
    • Transition Steps
      • 1 The positive mood
      • 2 Improvement
      • 3 Dignity
      • 4 Space-care
      • 5 Role-playing
      • Summary
  • Network
    • Network
      • Purpose and nature of the Network
      • Structure
      • The importance of thinking
      • Group and individual
      • Thinking as a craft
      • Tone
      • Academy and gymnasium
      • Qualifications
        • Motivation
        • Involvement
        • Positive attitude
        • Tolerance
      • Plurality
      • Operating
        • Organizers
        • Information compilers
        • Detectives
        • Researchers
        • Idea generators
        • Synthesizers
        • Reactors
        • Explainers
        • Communicators
        • Salesmen
        • Group organizers
        • Diplomats
        • Leaders
        • Effectors
      • Thinking
        • Logic
        • Analysis
        • Criticism
        • Description
        • Assessment
        • Observation
        • Lateral thinking
        • System design
        • Problem-finding
        • Problem-solving
        • Evaluation
        • Decision
        • Coping
        • Initiative
        • Operation
        • Construction
      • Activity
        • Group and individual
        • Exploration of thinking
        • Thinking practice
        • Problem-solving
        • Task forces
        • Think-tank
        • Communication medium
        • Thinking strategies
        • Network operation and organization
      • Principles
        • Definite
        • Effective
        • Tolerance
        • Respect
      • Organization
      • Problems
        • Lack of consideration
        • Crispness
        • Flavours
        • Eccentrics
        • Involvement
        • Endorsement
      • Contribution
        • Spread
        • Organizing work
        • Funds
        • Thinking
      • Start
      • Symbol
      • Summary



 

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker


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Managing Oneself is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …

… “Managing Oneself is based on the very opposite realities: Workers are likely to outlive organizations (and therefore, employers can’t be depended on for designing your life), and the knowledge worker has mobility.” ← in a context

 

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