2-22-11 - 2/22/2011 Happiness Part II I) Helping others...

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2/22/2011 Happiness Part II I) Helping others produces happiness A) Material things result in habituation B) Experiences make people more happy, memory makes people happy B.1) Not the same habituation experience C) Is it better to give than to receive ? C.1) Study 1: in national sample, spending on gifts for others and to charity correlated significantly with happiness C.2) Study 2: Among employees receiving profit-sharing bonus, the more they spent on gifts for others and charity, the happier they were 6-8 weeks later C.3) Study 3: Ss given $5 or $20 and told to spend it by 5:00 on a)themselves or b0 someone else or to charity. Ss in “b” are happier when asked after 5:00 that ss in “a” D) M ind your peaks and ends D.1) “memory doesn’t make films, it makes photographs”- Milan Kundera, Immortality D.2) We very sensitive when we look back on our experiences (D.2.a) We only see snapshots D.3) Study: (D.3.a) Pleasant experience vs Bad Experience D.3.a.i Have dial that tracks how much you are enjoying something (D.3.b) How summary affect judements correlate with duration and various moment-to-moment ratings D.3.b.i Duration: Positive clips: .13
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