chapter  12
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Productivity Growth and the Pursuit of Happiness—The End

What does productivity growth have to do with happiness, billed in this chapter's title as an "end," an ultimate objective in life? We know that happiness cannot be set up as a concrete, immediate goal to be grasped and held. In its deepest sense of inner satisfaction and contentment rather than transient pleasure, happiness is a by-product of the exercise of your productive and creative powers in pursuit of worthy goals. The goals are ones you choose not just for their own sake but because their pursuit elicits activities which you enjoy more than realistic alternatives and in which you have reasonable chance of doing relatively well.