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Unformatted text preview: What We Want More Than Happiness A lecture on Subjective Well-Being and JDM Ann Marie Roepke JDM 10.17.11 happines s everyone wants “happiness” but everyone doesn’t agree on what “happiness” is. two reasons to avoid the word “happiness” 1. vague & idiosyncrat ic 2. annoying Despondex “how happy are you?” life satisfaction affective (emotions) + cognitive (satisfaction with life in general, and specific domains) “in most ways, my life is close to my ideal.” • current mood • extraversion is there more to life than cheerful sociability? a wider lens when we only look at “subjective well-being” or life satisfaction, we over-emphasize being cheerful, at the expense of other things that make life worth living. what else should be considered part of well- being? Seligman’s PERMA model “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on earth.” food for thought : if I tell you I’m flourishing, on what grounds (if any) could you argue that I’m not? thought experiment : what do we want more than happiness? Imagine that for the first time in three years, your parents (or...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course PPE 253 taught by Professor Mellers during the Fall '11 term at UPenn.

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