Scientific Proof “The Law of Attraction” Blocks Happiness

A recent study was published in the journal of Personality and Individual Differences, outlining a basic truth that spiritual masters have known for eons. The study, done at the Department of Psychology and Neruoscience at Baylor University, showed that materialism has a direct correlation to lower levels of life satisfaction. In addition, the study specifically targeted how materialists find it harder to be grateful, which they connected to unmet psychological needs. Of course this isn’t new information to any of the world’s spiritual masters. Back since the days of Buddha 2500 years ago the idea has been forwarded that the release of all attachments leads to liberation. Attachment of course means attachment to ideas, including the ideas that we need certain material objects in order to be happy in life. Now… it’s no secret that a certain core set of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs can certainly be helpful in allowing individuals to attain higher levels of life satisfaction and happiness. But as a teacher of emotional intelligence, and a proponent of a teaching I call the “Equation of Emotion” based on how the brain processes emotion, it is also extremely clear why materialists have a lower level of life satisfaction than other people when this “needs” train runs off the tracks. In its most basic operation, the Equation of Emotion works like this: Our Expectations and/or Preferences (EPs) that are associated with our attachments of mind get compared to our Perceptions (RPs) within our mind and our perceptions and appraisals of the world around us. The EPs get put on one side of the scale. The RPs get put...