The gods of Greek mythology could be brutal when angered. Of all the punishments given by the gods, the one given to Sisyphus stands out above the rest. Sisyphus was a king and a trickster. He was so clever that he actually cheated death – twice! As punishment for his hubris, he was forced to push an enormous boulder up a mountain for eternity. Again and again, he would struggle under the weight of the rock only to watch it roll back down. The punishment was a recipe for meaningless frustration. According to behavioral economist Dan Ariely’s research, the Greek gods must have known something about the human psyche.
How happy are you with your life? How satisfied are you with your life? Happiness and satisfaction are very subjective words that are used to mean different things. A lot of people use the word ‘happiness’ to describe joy. And sometimes we use the word ‘satisfaction’ to mean the pleasure we feel when our needs are filled, like the feeling we get from eating a satisfying meal after a long day of work.