Alexandra Wolfe wrote in The Wall Street Journal, September 2 - 3, 2017, that “Dr. Shermer considers organized self-help movements misguided because they tend to encourage people to chase after money and a simple ideal of happiness, rather than to find satisfaction in a purposeful life.” Going on she quotes him:
Most of what we do doesn’t make us happy, it makes us more fulfilled as a person.
Noting his morning bike ride wasn’t fun, he says:
It’s a suffer-fest. It’s 90 degrees out, my lungs are screaming, but I feel better after.