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Approved 15 December, 2020 @ 10:48am by Jan Viljoen (version: 4)

Rat Race

All of this is a meaningless, useless and pointlesschasing-after-the-wind” survival existence and exercise.

A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. The phrase equates humans to rats attempting to frantically earn a reward such as cheese… in vain. It may also refer to a competitive struggle to get ahead financially or materialistically. The term is commonly associated with an exhausting, repetitive lifestyle that leaves no time for contemplation, relaxation, happinessplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigHappiness Can Be Learned

A new study coordinated by the University of Trento shows the beneficial effects of an intensive program on happiness.

The results showed that several psychological well-being measures gradually increased within participants from the beginning to the end of the course. That was especially true for life satisfaction, perceived well-being, self-awareness and
and/or enjoyment.

The rat race stems from a collective mindset of earning more and more money to maintain an ever-increasing extravagant lifestyle… the proof of success, prosperity, joy and happiness. Many people spend - at least - half their life to obtain prestigious qualifications, building, enhancing and improving their CV's, hoping to land that evasive high-paying job and - by doing so - all struggles in life will mysteriously come to an end and miraculously seize to exist any longer.