Overview of Strategic Goals
The Big Picture
When you feel good, you are happy. When you feel bad you are unhappy,
perhaps even depressed. Therefor our goal is to perform Hammer
Exercises that will reinforce thoughts that make us feel good.
Additionally, we wish to feel as good as possible as much as possible,
whilst maximizing our productivity. As we shall see, the two go
We face a number of challenges in achieving this most desirable of
situations. We will examine a simplified, somewhat mechanical
interpretation of these challenges and their corresponding solutions.
First: Level X - the threshold of well being.
At any given time it takes X number of endorphines to produce a feeling of
well being; this number is the threshold of happiness. In attempting to
assist an unhappy or depressed person, we know that if we can get The
endorphine level high enough to cross the level X threshold they will
feel better. Ideally, level X should be maintained for as many hours as
possible throughout the day, every day, for the rest of their lives.
This is, of course, the ultimate challenge.
Second: Division of labor in the production of endorphines.
We are endowed with a number of biological needs which are mediated by
instinct. Our natural urge is to deftly meet these needs then receive a
reward consisting of endorphines. Supplying one individual need,
however, can produce only so many endorphines. Some are more important
than others, but it still requires several of them at once to reach
What do we actually need? Some things are obvious, others are harder to pin
down. Our incredibly complicated system of interaction and mental
fantasy causes needs to masquerade as other things. The best way to
uncover the actual basis of these needs is to look at studies of The
brain and behavior of humans as well as other animals.
But without question, the all time most crucial endorphine producer is
positive association with other people. We need to feel liked, well
thought of, and confident of our ability to interact successfully. Some
other long-term endorphine producers are freedom, self-determination, a
feeling of achievement, popularity, doing good deeds, winning, hunting,