Lecture Notes (3-31-09) - Sociology of Emotions Love and...

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Sociology of Emotions: Love and Happiness Happiness Happiness (as an emotion) vs. subjective well-being Optimism vs. pessimism (former is more likely to be happy; other can be self- fulfilling prophecy) (Optimists are more likely to be happy; pessimists more likely to get into car accidents) (Emotion of happiness is experiencing happiness as a direct result of a specific event) (Subjective well-being has to be high enough to experience emotion of happiness) Happiness—Questions we can ask ourselves: What are the economic and marital situations of those adult Americans who are most likely to report themselves as being “very happy”? Can money “buy happiness”? Does marriage encourage happiness? What makes people happy? It would seem reasonable to hypothesize that poorer individuals might experience it less. Poverty is associated with prejudice, discrimination, segregation, inferior housing, inadequate diet, ill health, exposure to crime, bad schools, and the maltreatment of children, women, and the elderly. What makes people happy?
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