Fondazione Zoé

Rediscovering hot water is not necessarily a sign of poor insight.

Over the past few months/years we are witnessing the rediscovery of interesting “hot water”, even if in this case the clamour surrounding this discovery raises some unintended puns. I allude to the theme of “happiness”, which everyone from philosophy to psychology, to economy to marketing are following discussions and debates and animating a discrete series of publications and round table discussions.

It seems, and heard, that happiness is more important than material wealth (!?) and that working in a happy environment increases productivity (a bit like the cows who make more milk whilst listening to Mozart?). GDP as the criterion of well-being of a country should be replaced by an index of “social happiness”, while marketing is already trying to use happiness as a promise to continue to sell largely useless objects (but not what you always need?).

And, naturally, happiness is also associated with the state of a person’s health, in the name of that psychophysical continuum since the age of psychosomatics regularly returns to the surface in various forms. With all of this, whilst we have the birth of the “science” which has sought ways to influence our mental state through chemical and physical actions (or various other drugs), there are still few places (in the West) where you can scientifically study how our physical side reacts through changes in mental state through psycho-social relations.

Yet my grandfather farmer already 60 years old kept saying to me that “la salit l’è ent’la testa di’homm, non ent’la pansa ” (“Health is in the head, not in the belly of men”).
I wonder if the return of happiness will help us to assign dignity to this line of scientific studies!



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