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8/11/2010 1 “How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is, in fact, for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do and of all they are willing to endure.” William James ▫ Behavioral measures (# of smiles) ▫ Subjective self-report (e.g. Subjective Happiness Scale)
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8/11/2010 2 ▫ The hedonic treadmill & doom of habituation ▫ Luck of the draw: it’s in your genes ▫ Toss up: win the lottery or paralysis Habituation: reduced responding to same stimulus over time Not true in all cases, especially with a bit of moderation Very true for some things Perhaps of greater relevance: no single pleasure is ever sustained
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8/11/2010 3 ▫ Even in the original study, there were differences between lottery winners and paraplegics ▫ Several follow-up studies have confirmed the obvious - Paraplegics are not as happy as lottery winners - Lottery winners experience sustained increases in both happiness and health Null effects with low
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