The Nuance

Hard Work Is the Key to True Happiness (aka, Your Parents Were Right)

Scientists untangle the relationship between effort and emotional payoff

Markham Heid
Elemental
Published in
5 min readNov 29, 2019

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In his 2004 book Authentic Happiness, the University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman tells the story of a lizard that won’t eat.

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Markham Heid
Elemental

I’m a frequent contributor at TIME, the New York Times, and other media orgs. I write mostly about health and science. I like long walks and the Grateful Dead.