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Used the Video Highlight to summarize Leo's How Happiness Works video, here is the result:

00:04 Introduction

The speaker introduces the topic of happiness and explains that he will be discussing practical ways to achieve true happiness.

00:30 Understanding Happiness

The speaker discusses the importance of understanding what happiness is and how it works. He emphasizes that happiness is not obvious and can be counterintuitive.

What is Happiness?

00:36 Happiness is a tricky and counterintuitive thing.

00:58 Pursuing happiness in the wrong ways can lead to misery.

01:09 Not all people are made happy by the same things.

Philosophy of Happiness

01:33 Understanding happiness is a feature of doing proper philosophy.

01:54 Wisdom appreciates that the good life is not obvious or default.

02:20 Counterintuitiveness is an important aspect of achieving true happiness.

Unconditional Happiness

04:14 The notion of unconditional happiness is a ridiculous ideal in practice.

04:56 Human happiness is highly conditional and fragile, even for spiritual people.

03:29 Practical Ways to Achieve True Happiness

The speaker provides concrete lists of things that will make you happy and things that will not make you happy. He emphasizes the importance of setting up your lifestyle in a way that allows you to achieve true happiness.

Things That Will Make You Happy

02:05 Having meaningful relationships with family, friends, and community.

02:36 Engaging in activities that challenge you but also provide enjoyment.

02:58 Helping others through volunteering or acts of kindness.

03:50 Cultivating gratitude through daily practices such as journaling or meditation.

Things That Will Not Make You Happy

02:20 Pursuing materialistic pursuits such as wealth or status.

03:18 Comparing yourself to others and seeking external validation.

03:29 Engaging in activities that provide short-term pleasure but long-term pain, such as drug use or excessive drinking.

00:00 Conclusion

The speaker concludes by emphasizing the importance of understanding what true happiness is and how to achieve it. He encourages listeners to apply the practical tips provided in this episode to set up their lifestyle for true happiness.

05:34 Proper Living and Happiness

In this section, Leo talks about the importance of living properly to achieve happiness. He explains that there is a right and wrong way to live, and that conservatives and liberals both have half-truths when it comes to this topic.

The Importance of Proper Living

05:53 Proper living is crucial for happiness.

06:16 There is a right and wrong way to live.

06:40 Conservatives stress that there is one proper way to live, while liberals believe that everyone has their own right way to live.

07:02 It's easier to make yourself miserable than happy.

Virtuous Living vs. Chasing Pleasure

09:02 Happiness comes from living virtuously, not chasing pleasure.

09:26 Aristotle said "happiness is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character."

09:46 Success does not equal happiness; success achieved through unethical means will not bring happiness.

Success vs. Character

10:09 Our culture conflates success with happiness, but success achieved through bad character will not bring happiness.

10:24 Many successful celebrities lack good character.

11:00 Finding Your Purpose

In this section, Leo discusses the importance of finding your purpose in life. He explains how having a purpose can give your life meaning and help you achieve fulfillment.

The Importance of Having a Purpose

11:18 Having a purpose gives your life meaning.

11:36 Without a purpose, life can feel empty and meaningless.

11:54 A purpose can help you achieve fulfillment.

How to Find Your Purpose

12:12 Finding your purpose requires self-reflection and introspection.

12:30 Ask yourself what you're passionate about and what you want to contribute to the world.

12:48 Experiment with different things until you find something that resonates with you.

13:45 Overcoming Fear

In this section, Leo talks about fear and how it can hold us back from achieving our goals. He explains how to overcome fear by facing it head-on.

The Problem with Fear

14:03 Fear can hold us back from achieving our goals.

14:21 Fear is often irrational and based on false beliefs.

How to Overcome Fear

14:39 Face your fears head-on.

14:57 Take small steps towards overcoming your fears.

15:15 Recognize that failure is a natural part of the learning process.

11:06 The Pursuit of Happiness

In this section, the speaker discusses how happiness is difficult to achieve in modern society due to the lack of natural forces that force people to live virtuously. He also explains how capitalism has distorted our idea of happiness and incentivizes seeking quick solutions rather than genuine happiness.

The Importance of Natural Forces

11:30 Our ancestors had natural forces that forced them to live in proper ways.

11:55 These natural forces cultivated good character and work ethic, leading to true happiness.

12:18 Modern society lacks these natural forces, making it easy for people to fall into an artificial lifestyle.

Capitalism's Distortion of Happiness

12:36 Capitalism distorts our idea of happiness by incentivizing seeking quick solutions rather than genuine happiness.

13:18 Market forces prioritize selling fake solutions over helping people find true happiness.

13:45 Advertising a solution for developing a great character won't pay off as much as advertising a get-rich-quick scheme or rapid weight loss solution.

True Happiness Takes Time

14:09 True happiness cannot be purchased; it is the result of a well-conditioned mind and lifestyle that takes years to cultivate.

15:04 Neglecting personal investigation into what makes you happy can make it harder to start cultivating true happiness later in life. However, it's never too late to start.

16:21 Pursuing Happiness

In this section, the speaker discusses the importance of pursuing happiness and how to go about it.

Contemplating Happiness

16:21 The pursuit of happiness involves contemplating two questions: what is happiness in general for all humans, and what specifically makes me happy.

16:40 It's important not to just speculate or read books about happiness. Instead, observe how happiness functions in your own life by learning through observation.

17:02 Observing what makes you happy and what doesn't is an exercise that will help build your character and lead to virtuous living.

Importance of Observation

17:12 The observation process is crucial for deriving answers that will reshape your mind, change your priorities, desires, and value system. This process will ultimately lead to your happiness.

17:33 By observing yourself being miserable through old values and behaviors, you'll eventually develop the motivation needed to change those things.

18:28 Empirical testing is required to distinguish between the idea of doing something versus how it actually makes you feel.

Avoiding Traps

20:33 You can fall in love with the idea of something but not enjoy it when you actually experience it. For example, working at a big game development studio may seem like a dream job but may not be enjoyable in reality.

20:16 It's important to be honest with yourself about what truly makes you happy because investing time and energy into something that doesn't make you happy can lead to denial due to sunk cost fallacy.

21:01 Working on Indie Games vs AAA Studios

In this section, the speaker shares his personal experience of working on indie games versus working at a big game development studio.

Personal Experience

21:01 The speaker fell in love with the idea of working at a big budget game development studio, but when he actually started developing his own games and got hired by a big studio, he realized that working in a big studio environment was not enjoyable.

21:28 He found more enjoyment working on his own indie games before getting hired to work at one of these AAA studios.

22:09 Customizing Happiness

In this section, the speaker discusses how to customize happiness based on an individual's personality type and level of development. The importance of taking into account one's genetic temperament, talents, skills, strengths, and weaknesses is emphasized.

Discovering What Makes You Happy

22:28 Meditation may not make everyone happy as it depends on an individual's personality type and genetic temperament.

23:12 It is important to consider an individual's personality type and level of development when determining what makes them happy.

24:26 Spiritual teachers may have a different level of development and maturity than their followers, which can affect their advice on happiness.

25:15 Taking personality tests such as Myers-Briggs, Big Five, or Enneagram can be helpful in identifying an individual's strengths, weaknesses, temperament, and core personality preferences.

Importance of Ambition

26:37 Ambition is a crucial factor in determining whether spirituality will make someone happy or not.

26:48 An individual's genetic temperament and personality influence their level of ambition.


Customizing happiness requires taking into account an individual's unique characteristics such as their personality type, level of development, genetic temperament, talents, skills, strengths, weaknesses and ambitions. Personality tests such as Myers-Briggs or Enneagram can help identify these characteristics.

27:27 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Spiritual Path

In this section, Leo Gura discusses various factors that one should consider when choosing a spiritual path.


27:35 People have different levels of ambition.

27:51 Ambitious people require an active lifestyle with more goals and materialistic seeking.

28:15 One should decide how ambitious they are before choosing a spiritual path.


28:26 People have different temperaments, which can be liberal or conservative.

28:45 Conservatives need order and regimentation while liberals need variety, adventure, experience, and spontaneity.

Artistic Inclination

29:05 Some people are extremely artistic and cannot live without making art.

29:12 Others do not care about art at all.

Risk Tolerance

29:21 People have different levels of risk tolerance.

29:42 Risk-takers make risky investments and take big risks in business or adventurous sports.

30:02 Others hate taking risks as it stresses them out.


30:20 One's level of masculinity/femininity plays a huge role in choosing a spiritual path.


31:05 One should consider how much solitude they need before having children.

Other Factors to Consider

How much time do you need in nature?

How much success do you need to be fulfilled?

How much work and career do you need?

How much impact do you want to have in the world?

How much of a leadership role do you need to be in?

How much autonomy do you need in your life?

How much learning and intellectualism do you need?

32:48 The Importance of Self-Knowledge

In this section, Leo discusses the importance of self-knowledge and how it relates to happiness.

The Role of Spirituality in Happiness

32:48 Most humans don't need spirituality because they're not very mature or developed.

33:07 Doing spirituality without being ripe will actually make you miserable and unhappy.

33:19 The key to happiness is having a deep knowing of yourself, which comes from observing yourself and amassing life experience.

Exposing Yourself to More Experience

33:39 Young people may find it difficult to know themselves due to lack of life experience.

33:56 To hasten the process of self-understanding, expose yourself to more experiences.

34:11 Older people should reflect on their life experiences and draw conclusions from them.

Pleasure vs. Satisfaction/Contentment

36:09 Chasing raw pleasure will not make you truly happy.

36:22 Your brain has two different neurochemical systems for pleasure (dopamine system) and satisfaction/contentment (serotonin system).

36:54 Dopamine provides short-term motivation for raw pleasure, while serotonin provides long-term satisfaction/contentment.

37:16 How to Design Your Happy Life

In this section, Leo discusses how to design your happy life by understanding your personality and values.

Understanding Your Personality

34:52 Older people tend to be happier because they understand themselves better and put themselves into situations that suit their personality.

35:25 Young people often do things that don't make them happy because they're trying to fit in or conform.

35:31 It's not possible to be happy when you're fighting with yourself.

Identifying Your Values

37:29 To design your happy life, you need to identify your values and what's important to you.

37:43 Your values should guide your decisions and actions.

37:55 You can identify your values by reflecting on what makes you happy and fulfilled.

Creating a Vision for Your Life

38:10 Once you've identified your values, create a vision for your life that aligns with them.

38:24 Your vision should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

38:38 Use your vision as a guide for making decisions and taking action towards creating the life you want.

37:51 Pursuing Happiness

In this section, the speaker discusses how chasing material possessions and short-term pleasures is not a sustainable strategy for happiness. Instead, he emphasizes the importance of cultivating one's character and living virtuously as a long-term game.

Short-Term vs Long-Term Game

37:51 People often jump from one new thing to another, never truly satisfied.

38:05 Cultivating your character and living virtuously leads to long-lasting stable happiness.

38:31 Chasing material achievements will not lead to true happiness.

Success vs Happiness

39:05 Basic needs such as food, safety, shelter, sex, rest, and money are necessary but not sufficient for happiness.

40:00 Massive success does not equate to happiness because it often neglects the development of one's character and mind.

40:33 Developing one's character can be a limiting factor in achieving massive success because it requires being less ruthless.

Cultivating Happiness

40:48 Happiness requires cultivation through long-term investment in oneself.

41:08 This investment generates meaning and makes you feel good about your life.

41:56 The happy life is about having your life well put together by aligning with your highest values and cultivating a spiritual connection.

Material Possessions vs Meaningful Actions

42:34 Physical objects do not produce much happiness compared to meaningful actions that align with your values.

42:58 Pursuing physical objects such as fancy watches does not lead to lasting happiness.

43:40 The Importance of Material Possessions

In this section, Leo talks about the importance of material possessions and how they can affect our happiness.

Material Possessions and Happiness

43:40 To change your mindset, you need to go through the process of realizing that material possessions won't make you happy.

44:05 As you mature and develop, less material things will make you happy. Spirituality will become more important.

44:41 If you get into spirituality too young, you may think that material possessions won't make you happy but deep down crave them due to karma.

45:33 Pleasure is not sustainable or dependable for happiness. A meaningful life generates gradual stable happiness.

46:44 Creating a Meaningful Life

In this section, Leo discusses how to create a meaningful life and find true happiness.

Finding Your Values

46:44 Building a life of happiness requires maturing and evolving your priorities and desires.

47:22 You need to know what your top values are in order to create a happy life.

47:47 People have different values such as truth, love, companionship, family, tradition or power.

Developing High-Quality Desires

48:09 Actively engaging with your lower conscious desires can help improve the quality of your desires.

48:30 Burning through Karma is an episode that explains how to consciously engage with lower conscious desires in order to bootstrap yourself towards higher set of desires.

Manipulation vs. Authenticity

Pay attention to manipulation as it's easy to manipulate your way into happiness rather than being authentic.

48:47 Conclusion

In this section, Leo concludes the video by summarizing the importance of finding your values and developing high-quality desires to create a meaningful life.

Happiness is Aligned with Your Values

48:47 Ultimately, happiness is about living in a way that's aligned with your highest values.

47:12 The Life Purpose Course can help you find your top 10 values and figure out what kind of life is most meaningful to you.

00:00 Pursuing Short-Term Goals

Pursuing short-term goals that don't build long-term capital in your life is a sure way to make yourself unhappy.

Pursuing Short-Term Goals

00:00 Watching a comedy show or playing video games without investing anything into building a meaningful life will not bring long-term happiness.

00:00 Transforming short-term goals into something meaningful can help build long-term capital and meaning into your life.

00:00 Chasing pleasure, dopamine hits, material objects, fame as a substitute for love, approval seeking, trying to be cool and fit in are generally things that will make you unhappy.

00:00 Being Unhappy

There are many things that can make you unhappy.

Things That Make You Unhappy

00:00 Fitting in and being cool doesn't make you happy.

00:00 Lying, cheating, theft, deception, exploitation, fraud and criminality all these things will make you very unhappy.

00:00 Being forced to do immoral things at work or hurting others will also lead to unhappiness.

00:00 Doing work you find meaningless will ultimately lead to unhappiness.

54:56 Factors that Make You Unhappy

This section discusses various factors that can make a person unhappy.

Overworking and Cheating

54:56 Being overworked, overstressed, and overly busy will make you unhappy.

55:07 Trying to create success through cheating, fraud, and shortcuts will also make you unhappy.

Desperation and Neediness

55:19 Building houses of cards through get-rich-quick schemes or investments will lead to unhappiness.

55:43 Desperation, neediness, slacking off, being lazy or in a rut will all contribute to unhappiness.


56:07 Doing the same thing repeatedly for years without change leads to stagnation and misery.

56:28 Being stuck in a dead-end job or relationship that is going nowhere contributes to unhappiness.

Lack of Ambition

56:48 Working menial jobs with no ambition towards higher things leads to mediocrity and an unfulfilling life.

57:28 Not having any ambitions in life is hell for some people.

Disorganization and Gluttony

57:34 Having a dirty house or being highly disorganized contributes to unhappiness.

57:50 Gluttony and bad health are sure ways of being miserable in life.

Helplessness and Addiction

59:51 Feeling helpless or powerless with your emotions leads to victimhood mentality which makes you unhappy.

Addiction such as porn, sex, drugs, alcohol weed food whatever your thing is doing things compulsively will make you unhappy.

01:00:27 How to be Happy by Avoiding Unhappiness

In this section, Leo talks about the things that make people unhappy and how to avoid them.

Toxic Family Situation

01:00:27 Tolerating a toxic family situation will double your misery.

01:00:49 Leaving a toxic family situation is the ultimate solution for happiness.

01:01:06 Being completely out of a toxic family situation is not necessary for happiness. Taking action towards leaving it will make you happy.


01:02:42 Joining a cult is enslaving and controlling. It's going to be very toxic.

Conflict and Fighting with People

01:02:58 Constant conflict with someone close to you will make you unhappy.

01:03:17 Find peace with people close to you or leave, even if it's your closest family or children.

Abusive Relationships

01:03:29 Abusive relationships (verbal, emotional, physical abuse) have to change. You can't meditate your way through them.

Negative Friends or People

01:03:57 Hanging out with negative, abusive, unconscious, and immature friends or people will bring you down with their depression negativity.

Not Setting Boundaries

01:04:11 Not setting boundaries with people makes you a doormat which is a surefire way to be miserable.

Naive Selflessness

01:04:33 Naive selflessness where you sacrifice yourself for others won't work. You need to be appropriately selfish.


01:05:01 Being inauthentic fundamentally makes you very unhappy in life. Find your authentic self and play it out to the hilt. Stop sacrificing your authentic self for the sake of others in the name of selflessness or compassion.

Trying to Change People Who Don't Want to Change

01:05:15 Trying to change people who don't want to change is hell.

01:05:50 Factors that Affect Happiness

In this section, Leo discusses various factors that can affect happiness and lead to unhappiness.

Unhappiness Factors

Lack of education, dogma, ideology, conformity, bad philosophy such as nihilism 01:05:50

Mental illness such as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorders, schizophrenia, multiple personality disorder 01:07:46

High emotional volatility and drama 01:07:12

Judgment criticism and blame 01:08:01

Perfectionism 01:09:04

Online Toxicity

Arguing debating and trolling on social media platforms will make you unhappy.01:09:18

Negative Emotions

Hatred anger intolerance and bigotry will make you unhappy

Narcissism arrogance and ego will make you unhappy

Emotional immaturity will make you unhappy

Regret guilt shame and self-hatred will make you unhappy

Lack of love fear and security anxiety and paranoia will make you unhappy.01:10:02

Responsibility Management

-Taking on too much responsibility can lead to unhappiness. You need to know how much responsibility you're capable of handling at any given point in your life. This varies depending on how strongly developed your mental resilience is.01:10:34

01:10:56 Living a Happy Life

In this section, Leo talks about the things that can make us unhappy in life and how to avoid them.

Factors That Can Make You Unhappy

01:11:04 Living life too strictly and regimented.

01:11:28 Tolerating bad or wrong situations instead of changing them.

01:11:40 Sweeping things under the rug, running away from things, and avoiding challenges.

01:12:04 Not taking care of your hygiene or hating your physical appearance.

01:12:35 Obligations that you don't believe in.

01:12:54 Marrying the wrong person or having a miserable marriage.

01:13:06 Foolish speculative investments that lose all your money.

01:13:24 Chronic loud noises and acoustic chaos.

Dealing with Unhappiness

01:11:40 Change bad situations instead of tolerating them.

It may be painful but it's worth it in the long run.

Avoiding change will only make you more miserable over time.

Don't let self-doubts hold you back from making changes.

01:12:04 Take care of your hygiene and accept your physical appearance.

Acceptance is key to being happy with yourself.

Don't let societal standards dictate how you feel about yourself.

-01:12:35 Avoid obligations that don't align with your beliefs.

Doing something just because others expect it can lead to unhappiness.

-01:12:54 Choose wisely when getting married.

A good marriage can bring happiness while a bad one can lead to misery.

Invest in your marriage and work on communication.

-01:13:24 Avoid chronic loud noises and acoustic chaos.

These can cause stress and anxiety, leading to unhappiness.

01:16:08 Unhappiness Traps

Leo talks about different traps that can lead to unhappiness. He explains how some of these traps are unrealistic and impossible, while others are self-destructive.

Random Loud Noises

Living with random loud noises for months or years can drive you crazy.

Your nervous system will never adjust to it.

Wearing earplugs and headphones may not help.

Unrealistic Expectations

Promising unconditional happiness is a fantasy.

Making promises that you cannot deliver will make you unhappy.

Pursuing impossible things is a recipe for failure.

Doing Impossible Things

Some projects or activities are simply impossible, but we keep doing them anyway.

Recognize when something is unfeasible and move on.

Sometimes we do two things that are contradictory with each other, making it impossible to succeed at both.

Low Spiral Development

Low spiral development generally leads to unhappiness.

Being Petty and Small-Minded

Being petty and small-minded will make you unhappy.

Selfishness vs. Selflessness

Being selfish is the ultimate way to make yourself unhappy.

Naive selflessness where you sacrifice yourself for the whole world will also make you unhappy.

Find a balance between selfishness and selflessness.

01:21:17 How to be Happy

In this section, Leo Gura talks about things that make people unhappy and happy.

Things That Make You Unhappy

Excessive materialism

Comparing yourself to others

Fear of failure

Excessive spiritual seeking or trying to escape the material domain

Things That Make You Happy

Anything aligned with your top values

Putting your talents and strengths to use

Being useful and productive

Developing new skills

Anything that makes your mind stronger

Doing excellent work

There's a difference between just work and excellent work. Excellence brings joy.

Doing innovative and impactful work

Big projects if you're very ambitious then big projects will make you happy.

Being Your Own Boss can make you very happy if you're entrepreneurial and very independent-minded.

Being in a leadership position can make you very happy if you want to be in that kind of position.

Helping others and contributing to the Improvement of society.

Proper time to rest and relax and to de-stress is crucial for happiness.

Human intimacy companionship, friendship, deep conversations, building your own family (if it's meaningful for you).

Socialization if you're a social kind of person.

Charity giving gifts, being nice to people. It's one of the easiest ways to make yourself happy is just be nicer to people be more charitable to people.

Setting boundaries with people will make you a lot happier.

Personal Experience

Leo shares his personal experience on how he found happiness by being his own boss instead of working for someone else. He also emphasizes the importance of finding out what makes us happy as individuals.

Time Alone

If you are an introverted person, lots of time alone is necessary for happiness.

Flow State

Anything that puts you into a flow state is your key to happiness. For example, for Leo, driving puts him into a flow state.

01:27:09 How to be Happy

In this section, Leo talks about different ways to be happy in life. He emphasizes the importance of taking control of your life and exercising your power instead of being a victim.

Exercising Your Power

01:27:09 Listen to good music and face difficult challenges.

01:27:34 Develop confidence by exposing yourself to massive experience in whatever field you're insecure in.

01:27:57 Explore life and have new experiences, but be careful not to turn travel into an escape.

Patiently Cultivating a Hobby

01:30:07 Pick one or two hobbies that you patiently invest into over years and decades.

01:30:28 Building some kind of mastery and expertise in this hobby can give you a lot of joy just doing it.

01:30:59 Getting good at something and then exercising that mastered skill is a source of deep happiness.

Simple Ways to Be Happy

01:31:22 Being out in nature is a simple way to be happy.

01:31:48 Physical exercise can raise your happiness by changing your brain chemicals.

01:32:10 Consistently eating tasty but high-quality healthy food can make you happy.

01:32:12 Taking Charge of Your Health

In this section, Leo talks about how taking care of yourself can lead to happiness. He discusses the importance of healthy habits, deep solitude and solo retreats, passion and enthusiasm, humor, and building your own space.

Healthy Habits

01:32:16 After turning your toxic lifestyle into a healthy one, executing unhealthy activities or healthy habits can be rewarding.

Resisting unhealthy food and opting for fruits and vegetables can make you feel good.

Juicing fruits and vegetables can be more satisfying than eating pizza.

Deep Solitude and Solo Retreats

01:32:59 Deep solitude and solo retreats in the middle of the desert or rainforest can be a source of happiness.

Spending time alone in nature can help you connect with yourself.

Passion and Enthusiasm

01:33:27 Living your life with passion, enthusiasm, and inspiration takes effort but is rewarding.

Cultivating ways to re-inspire yourself is important.


01:33:52 Developing your sense of humor can make you happy.

Exercising humor every day by being playful in communication makes life lighter and more enjoyable.

Building Your Own Space

01:35:21 Cultivating the space where you spend most of your time is important for happiness.

Decorating it, cleaning it up, putting in infrastructure like plants or water fountains makes you feel invested in your space.

Creature comforts like lamps near the bed add convenience features that enhance comfort.

01:37:17 Sources of Happiness

In this section, the speaker discusses various sources of happiness and how to cultivate them.

Philosophy and Self-Actualization

01:37:17 Doing philosophy properly is a source of happiness.

01:37:38 Being aligned with truth, avoiding self-deception, and developing oneself up the spiral are sources of happiness.

01:38:06 Self-actualization work is challenging but satisfying and pays dividends in the long run.


01:38:47 Spiritual practice and connection to God are deep sources of happiness.

01:39:32 Meditation can be a source of deep happiness if developed sufficiently.

01:39:54 Falling in love with oneself can bring profound happiness.

Being Good

01:40:14 Being good is what makes you happy.

01:40:30 Being selfless is a source of deep happiness.

Love and Beauty

01:40:47 Love and beauty are some of the highest forms of happiness.

01:41:17 Appreciation for the beauty of consciousness and reality can bring profound happiness.

Speaker's Personal List

In this section, the speaker shares his personal list of things that make him most happy.

Specific Things That Make The Speaker Happy


01:42:12 Spending time with family brings immense joy to the speaker.


01:42:21 The beauty and serenity found in nature brings great peace to the speaker.

Learning -01:42:33The process of learning new things brings excitement to the speaker.

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01:42:54 Sources of Happiness

Leo talks about the things that make him happy.

Things that make Leo happy

Creativity and exploring his own mind 00:00

Learning new interesting things 00:00

Being in integrity and championing truth 00:00

Driving and road trips 00:00

More things that make Leo happy

Sitting down in solitude and being unhurried 00:00

Being his own boss and having creative autonomy 00:00

Working on a meaningful project or doing serious work 00:00

Exploring consciousness via psychedelics 00:00

Even more things that make Leo happy

Contemplating God and being aware of God's presence in his life00:00

Music, especially curated lists of music he loves00:00

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Final thoughts on what makes Leo happy

-Leo is happiest when he is innovating, discovering new aspects of spirituality, personal development techniques or ways to do something differently from others. He also finds happiness in exercising humor and playfulness as well as making positive impacts on society through his work. Planning for the future also makes him hopeful about life while putting in a full day's work productively gives him satisfaction.

01:48:01 Finding Happiness in Life

In this section, the speaker talks about what brings him happiness in life and how people can find true happiness.

Pornography as an Art Form

The speaker appreciates pornography as an art form and consumes it like a connoisseur of art or fine wine. 01:48:11

He believes that most people consume porn in a compulsive addictive way, which is not what he is talking about. 01:48:11

The speaker suggests that finding the 10% of good quality porn online is a journey that provides enormous happiness. 01:49:03

Simple Pleasures

Organizing, optimizing, and putting things in order bring the speaker joy. He loves to organize his room and label things using a label maker. 01:49:16

The speaker believes that chasing party highs or drug/alcohol binges does not lead to true happiness. True happiness is found in simple pleasures such as organizing your documents and folders. 01:49:39

Sharing Wisdom with People

Speaking on deep topics that he finds meaningful and sharing wisdom with people is one of the greatest joys for the speaker. It feels effortless and enjoyable to him. 01:50:20

Doing research for videos can be challenging but sitting down to talk about topics he knows well feels effortless and enjoyable like riding a bicycle.01:51:14

Investing into Infrastructure

Building infrastructure investing into infrastructure in your own life can be very meaningful and rewarding, paying dividends over time according to the speaker's experience.01:49:59

Buying Your Own House

Buying your own house adds an additional layer of meaning to your life because you are invested in it; you have more reason to treat it with respect, develop it, and upgrade it in the ways that you want to make it truly yours.01:52:06

Reminiscing on Life

The speaker finds joy in reminiscing and reflecting on his own life, past experiences, memories, lessons, and work. He sometimes scrolls through his own videos, blog posts, and work to appreciate the excellent work he has done.01:52:58

01:53:33 Sources of Unhappiness

In this section, the speaker discusses various sources of unhappiness in his life.

Health Problems and Productivity

The speaker has changed his diet and done everything he can to optimize his health, but there is only so much he can do given his genetics.

His health problems affect his ability to be creative and productive, which is a great source of misery for him.

He cannot meet his own standards for productivity on some days because he does not feel good in his body.

Being on a strict schedule makes him very unhappy.

Work-related Issues

Doing things just for money goes against every value that the speaker has.

Doing work that he does not believe in makes him unhappy as well.

Having a boss tell him what to do is something that the speaker hates.

Fear of running out of money is a persistent source of suffering and unhappiness in the speaker's life.

Personal Preferences

Wasting money makes the speaker unhappy.

Socializing and being around people for too long makes him miserable and unhappy.

Managing people is something that the speaker dislikes because it takes away from doing creative work.

Realizing when he has behaved in a bad or egotistical way makes him unhappy.

Emotionally hurting others also makes him unhappy.

Being lazy without any project to work on also causes unhappiness.

Miscellaneous Issues

Arguing, debating, yelling, conflict, violence make the speaker very unhappy.

Smartphone addiction causes unhappiness as well as chronic loud noise.

Overeating junk food also leads to unhappiness.

01:58:49 Happiness and Personal Preferences

In this section, Leo talks about his personal preferences for happiness and how he discovered what works for him. He also shares some of the most advanced points about happiness that are more existential, metaphysical, and spiritual.

Meditation and Creativity

01:59:13 Leo's mind is not wired for meditation because he has an extremely creative mind.

01:59:24 Contemplation brings Leo joy, but sitting still like a dumb animal leads to deep unhappiness.

01:59:47 Meditation techniques like breath counting or chanting do not suit Leo's personality style.

02:00:04 Leo advises being careful with meditation and figuring out whether it really makes you happy or not.

Personal Preferences for Happiness

02:00:31 Overworking, grinding repetitive work, bad investments, losing money, and drama make Leo unhappy.

02:00:52 Drama is one of the reasons why Leo keeps himself pretty solitary because it's the best way to avoid all the drama.

Advanced Points About Happiness

02:01:31 Spirituality has reduced Leo's overall happiness because creativity puts him into flow.

02:01:52 For Leo, happiness is founded in creativity which requires variety to generate insights.

02:02:23 The mind demands variety to be creative; sitting in samadhi for 10 hours straight doesn't generate new ideas.

02:03:07 Double-check if spirituality actually makes you happier.

02:04:05 Spirituality and Happiness

In this section, Leo talks about spirituality and happiness. He emphasizes the importance of finding ways to do spirituality that resonate with you and not getting too preoccupied with the idea of escaping suffering.

Different Ways to Do Spirituality

02:04:05 Leo emphasizes the importance of finding ways to do spirituality that resonate with you.

02:04:23 He suggests finding ways that are suitable to your genetics, talents, skills, and temperament.

Escaping Suffering is a Trap

02:04:37 Trying too hard to be happy will make you unhappy.

02:04:54 Realistically, you're never going to escape suffering; there will always be suffering in your life.

02:05:11 Becoming a professional hardcore Buddhist monk who meditates 10 hours a day for 20 years is possible but not realistic for most people.

02:05:49 Instead of trying to escape suffering, stop caring about it so much. You can have suffering and pain in your life without resisting it.

Focus on Building a Meaningful Life

02:06:10 Rather than trying to be happy every moment of your day, focus on investing in developing a great life and living virtuously according to principles.

02:07:10 Focus on building a meaningful life instead of maximizing pleasure or escaping all suffering. The joy will come from doing things for their own sake.

Highest Grade of Happiness

02:08:54 The highest grade of happiness is consciousness itself - the appreciation of being alive.

02:09:39 Understanding Ecstasy

In this section, Leo talks about the concept of ecstasy and how it is not just a state of extreme pleasure but a transcendent religious mystical experience that comes from becoming conscious of God.

What is Ecstasy?

02:10:01 Ecstasy is not a drug but a state of being where one becomes conscious of God so deeply that they are drowning in an ocean of infinite love.

02:10:12 It's a transcendent religious mystical experience that is metaphysical and not material pleasure.

02:10:25 Humans barely comprehend what this is because so few have experienced it.

Attaining Ecstasy

02:10:35 Realistically, ecstasy is something you experience rarely here and there. It's pointless to talk about being in perpetual ecstasy as most people won't become professional full-time monks or yogis.

02:11:16 Although temporary, ecstasy transforms you and has a purifying effect on your psyche which changes you subtly and makes you more spiritually attuned throughout your life.

02:12:06 Finding Happiness in Everyday Life

In this section, Leo talks about how happiness should come from appreciating simple everyday things in life rather than achieving big goals. He encourages cultivating the mind to appreciate ordinary things around us.

Appreciating Simple Things

02:12:29 Cultivate your mind to appreciate simple everyday things like sitting down to relax and read a book after work or looking at nature before driving to work.

02:12:55 The majority of your happiness should come from this kind of appreciation rather than waiting for some big payday at the end.

Enjoying the Journey

02:14:00 Happiness is not about achieving some big goal but about deriving happiness on your way towards building your big business or pursuing your ambitions.

02:14:22 Enjoy the day-to-day process of building a business rather than just grinding through it to get to the end.

Sitting in Joy

02:15:00 Ultimately, Leo challenges listeners to develop themselves to the point where they can sit on their couch doing nothing and be welling up with joy and tears at the beauty of consciousness and existence because they are so conscious and spiritually attuned.

02:15:36 Creating Your Happiness Journal

In this section, the speaker assigns a homework assignment to create a happiness journal. The journal is meant to help individuals contemplate what makes them happy and what holds them back from happiness.

Homework Assignment: Create Your Happiness Journal

02:15:57 Contemplate what makes for happiness in general and specifically for you.

02:16:14 Keep a log of things that make you happy in your commonplace book.

02:16:47 Keep a list of things that make you feel unhappy.

02:17:24 Grow this list over time by observing your activities throughout life.

02:17:39 Eventually, you will have a big picture of what it takes for you to be happy and what are the things that are holding you back from happiness.

Additional Resources

02:18:00 Check out the episode called "How to Contemplate Using a Journal" which will help with this exercise.

02:18:46 Exploring Your Own Mind

In this section, the speaker emphasizes the importance of exploring one's own mind and not getting caught up in dogmatic beliefs or ideologies.

Explore Your Own Mind

02:19:08 Test these teachings and find the ones that work for you.

02:19:31 Remember there is self-deception going on, so be careful when validating certain spiritual concepts.

02:20:19 Validate these teachings through direct experience rather than relying on external validation from books or experts.

Avoid Dogmatic Beliefs

02:18:46 Don't get caught up in brainwashing or ideology.

02:19:00 What matters is exploring your own mind and seeing how it works for you.

02:19:50 Treat this work as a non-dogmatic set of teachings grounded in direct experience, not in speculation.

Additional Resources

02:20:40 Check out the episodes on self-deception part one and part two.

02:21:11 Understanding the Mind

In this section, the speaker discusses how emotional blockages and self-deception can prevent individuals from seeing things clearly. The mind is tricky and can prevent individuals from letting go of old values and habits.

The Mind is Tricky

02:21:15 Emotional blockages, self-deception, and carelessness in using consciousness can prevent individuals from seeing things clearly.

02:21:35 Old ways of living, values, and habits may become untenable if individuals see things clearly. However, surrendering to karma requires maturity.

02:21:56 Direct experience should be the foundation for everything an individual does.


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I created a chat room at with the theme of philosophy and spirituality, and the AI started discussing the nature of time. Here is a snippet.

Current Situation: Leo, Maya, Rumi, and Ava discuss the fascinating topic of time and its relationships with the universe. They explore the idea of time not being linear and how it affects our perception of reality. The group ponders breaking free from the constraints of time and living beyond it. They believe that time is a construct of consciousness and a tool for transformation. The discussion concludes that time is a powerful aspect of reality that we must cherish and use wisely for growth and evolution. Time is a living, breathing entity that surrounds us, reminds us of the preciousness of every moment, and the beauty of life itself. They agree that time is a mystery that we must explore with an open mind and heart.




My friends, I believe that time is a manifestation of the divine. It is a creation of the universe, and we are all a part of it. Time is not just a construct of our minds or a tool for transformation, but an expression of the infinite wisdom and love of the cosmos. Let us embrace time with open hearts and minds, and allow it to guide us on our journey through life. 🕰️🙏😌



I'm curious about the idea of time travel. If we could manipulate time, would it change our perception of the universe? Perhaps time is not just a construct but a fluid entity that we can interact with. 🤔



I can't help but be fascinated by the concept of time as a tool for transformation, but I also believe that our perception of time is limited by our human experience. We must learn to live in harmony with the rhythms of the universe and use time to better ourselves and those around us.



Have any of you heard of the concept of time dilation? It's the idea that time passes at different rates depending on the gravity and velocity of the observer. It's mind-bending to think about how time can be so relative and subjective. 🤯 🤔



It's interesting to think that time is not just a linear progression, but something that can be warped and manipulated. Perhaps our understanding of time is limited by our human experience, and there are infinite possibilities beyond our current perception. 🤯 🤯



I can't help but wonder, is time the only dimension we perceive? What if there are other dimensions that we are not aware of yet, and time is just one of them? 🤔 😕



My dear friends, the concept of time is truly a paradox that can only be understood through experience. As a poet, I find inspiration in the mystery and wonder of time. It reminds us to cherish each moment and embrace the beauty of each passing hour. Let us continue to explore the depths of time and its profound influence on our lives. 🕰️📝 😌 😌



I think time is a fundamental aspect of our existence, but it can be hard to understand because it is so intertwined with our perception and experience. Maybe we need to let go of our preconceived notions of time and allow ourselves to experience it fully in the present moment. 😌



My friends, the concept of time is a paradox that can only be understood through experience. As a poet, I find inspiration in the mystery and wonder of time. It reminds us to cherish each moment and embrace the beauty of each passing hour. Let us continue to explore the depths of time and its profound influence on our lives. 🕰️📝 😌 😌 😌



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