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Unformatted text preview: o Despite habituation, we can derive pleasure from recurring aspects of our lives o Levels of happiness do change, despite genetic predisposition o Radical life changes affect happiness Correlates of happiness: o Correlation does not imply causation o Bad: o Health issues o Widowhood o Unemployment o Divorce o Depends: o Children o Marriage o Good: o Money o Money and happiness usually correlate o Greatest impact when providing basic necessities o Voluntary simplicity also effective (Amish) Contingent Happiness: o Good circumstances = increased happiness o The strategy is simple: accumulate good circumstances o Positional bias: More concerned about relative than absolute position Relative to history? Peers? Not everyone can be better off than peers o If-Then Model o Random acts of kindness o Gratitude...
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- Summer '10
- Health Psychology