The Hive Switch and Happiness
Hello, it’s Arielle again. I can’t believe that the new school year is right around the corner! Today I want to talk about the Hive Switch in Chapter 10. Haidt says that happiness comes from between meaning, “It comes from getting the right relationships between yourself and others, yourself and your work, and yourself and something larger than yourself”(283). I completely agree with that. I think that we are always trying to make ourselves happy whether it’s individually or as a group. We all have something inside of us that yearns for a sense of happiness.
Recently I had a sleepover with some friends and it was great. We talked, laughed, you know the usual things people do at sleepovers. We had deep conversations and it was amazing because we could just be honest with each other. We weren’t judging each other, we didn’t feel as if we had to hold anything back. I think that this relates to when Haidt refers to the hive switch. He says, “We have the ability (under special conditions) to transcend self-interest and lose ourselves (temporarily and ecstatically) in something larger than ourselves” (258). This also could relate to you, if you are apart of a religious group, or sports team or a club of some sort. There is just something about forming groups with people and becoming a community with people you can relate to than being by yourself.
So this leaves me to ask you guys a few questions. Do you guys believe that the Hive Switch exists? If so, where else do you see us using it besides on a sports team or a religious group? How do you think this will affect you when you come to UMASS Dartmouth? What do you think it’ll mean to be apart of the Corsair “hive” and being apart of a learning community? Also, do you believe that being happy comes from forming all the right relationships that Haidt mentions? If you don’t believe that the Hive Switch exists, explain why and if you think that it’s something else.