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Happiness or Meaningfulness – But Not Both

Posted on November 13, 2012

Roy Baumeister, Kathleen Vohs, Jennifer Lynn Aaker, and Emily N. Garbinsky have just posted their excellent paper, titled “Some Key Differences between a Happy Life and a Meaningful Life” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract: Being happy and finding life meaningful overlap, but there are important differences. A large survey revealed multiple differing predictors of happiness […]

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Materialism, Consumerism, and Happiness

Posted on September 2, 2012

From APS: Money doesn’t buy happiness. Neither does materialism: Research shows that people who place a high value on wealth, status, and stuff are more depressed and anxious and less sociable than those who do not. Now new research shows that materialism is not just a personal problem. It’s also environmental. “We found that irrespective […]

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Posted in Marketing, Positive Psychology, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

The Situation of Money-Based Happiness

Posted on August 12, 2012

An excerpt from a recent, terrific New York Times piece by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton: The notion that money can’t buy happiness has been around a long time — even before yoga came into vogue. But it turns out there is a measurable connection between income and happiness; not surprisingly, people with a comfortable […]

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Posted in Altruism, Book, Deep Capture, Distribution, Emotions, Illusions, Life, Positive Psychology, Video | 1 Comment »

Happiness and Legal Policy – Abstract

Posted on September 3, 2010

Peter Huang recently posted his interesting paper, “Happiness Studies and Legal Policy” (forthcoming Annual Review of Law & Social Science) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Social scientists have conducted numerous empirical and experimental studies of self-reported happiness. This review focuses on two fundamental areas of research in happiness and law, namely alternative […]

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Money and the Situation of Happiness

Posted on June 23, 2010

The exceptional mind science writer and blogger Wray Herbert has a post on Huffington Post summarizing recent research studying the effects of money on happiness.  Here is an excerpt. * * * Psychologist Jordi Quoidbach of the University of Liege, Belgium, and his colleagues wondered if wealth, because it promises abundant pleasure, might actually weaken […]

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The Situation of Money and Happiness

Posted on June 13, 2009

Fiona Anderson of the Financial Post has an interesting take on a question that has been much discussed for many years: can money buy happiness?  We excerpt the piece below. * * * But if the best things in life are free, why is it that we always seem to be after more money? Because […]

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Posted in Emotions, Life | 2 Comments »

Happiness and Punishment – Abstract

Posted on September 19, 2008

John Bronsteen, Christopher Buccafusco, and Jonathan Masur, have recently posted their interesting new paper, “Happiness and Punishment” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * This article continues our project to apply groundbreaking new literature on the behavioral psychology of human happiness to some of the most deeply analyzed questions in law. Here we explain […]

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Happiness Rankings by Country

Posted on May 20, 2008

Andrew Cohen of the Ottawa Citizen has a new piece that discusses a 2006 study by social psychologist Adrian White of the University of Leicester. The study, entitled “A Global Projection of Well Being: A Challenge to Positive Psychology?,” employed more than 100 studies to rank countries by their citizens’ level of happiness. Congrats to […]

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Posted in Life, Public Policy | 8 Comments »

The Situation of Happiness

Posted on August 23, 2007

In May, the American Psychological Society (APS) held their annual conference (drawing 3000 psychologists to D.C.) at which numerous prominent social psychologists gave presentations. The latest issue of Observer, the APS magazine, contains articles summarizing a few of those presentations. This is the second in a series of posts (for the first post, click here) […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Emotions, Life, Marketing, Social Psychology | 6 Comments »

The Good Feeling of Fast Thinking

Posted on October 6, 2013

Situationist Contributor Emily Pronin’s recent articles, When the mind races: Effects of thought speed on feeling and action. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 283–288, was highlighted in a recent APS Observer column.   Here is an excerpt containing a helpful overview of Pronin’s fascinating study and findings. You wake up. Your phone blinks. You touch […]

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Independence Day: Celebrating Courage to Challenge the Situation

Posted on July 3, 2013

First Published on July 3, 2007: With the U.S. celebrating Independence Day — carnivals, fireworks, BBQs, parades and other customs that have, at best, only a tangential connection to our “independence,” — we thought it an opportune moment to return to its source in search of some situationism. No doubt, the Declaration of Independence is […]

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The Situational Benefits of Compassion

Posted on May 20, 2013

Emma Seppala, for The Observer, has an outstanding overview of some of the health consequences and contagiousness of compassion.  Here is a portion of her article: Decades of clinical research has focused and shed light on the psychology of human suffering. That suffering, as unpleasant as it is, often also has a bright side to […]

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Mindfulness, Adolescence, and Depression

Posted on March 19, 2013

From ScienceDaily: Secondary school students who follow an in-class mindfulness programme report reduced indications of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Moreover, these students were less likely to develop pronounced depression-like symptoms. The study, conducted by Professor Filip Raes (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven), is the first to examine […]

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Posted in Positive Psychology | 3 Comments »

Tis Happier To Give Than To Receive

Posted on March 5, 2013

From EurekaAlert: Feeling good about spending money on someone else rather than for personal benefit may be a universal response among people in both impoverished countries and rich nations, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. “Our findings suggest that the psychological reward experienced from helping others may be deeply ingrained in […]

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Recent Research on Well-Being, Giving, Getting, and Gratitude

Posted on February 20, 2013

From SPSP Press Release: Giving away money to feel wealthy New research shows that people all around the world – from Canada to Uganda, from South Africa to India – derive more happiness from spending money on others than they do on themselves. For the first time, we show that giving away money or spending […]

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Posted in Altruism, Distribution, Emotions, Positive Psychology | 1 Comment »

Mind-Wandering and Why It Matters

Posted on September 18, 2012

From Harvard Gazette (regarding new research by Situationist friend Dan Gilbert and Matthew Killingsworth): People spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy. So says a study that used an iPhone Web app to gather 250,000 data points on subjects’ thoughts, […]

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Posted in Emotions, Life, Positive Psychology | 3 Comments »

Michael Norton on Pro-Social Spending

Posted on September 12, 2012

From TEDtalks: Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness — when you don’t spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people. Related Situationist posts: Kathleen Vohs on Money’s Situational Effects Materialism, Consumerism, and Happiness The […]

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Posted in Distribution, Life, Positive Psychology, Video | 1 Comment »

Kathleen Vohs on Money’s Situational Effects

Posted on September 4, 2012

From Stanford Business: Money changes people’s motivations — increasing their sense of self sufficiency and even making them keep a greater physical distance from others. After focusing on money, individuals work longer before asking for help, are less helpful to others, and prefer to play and work alone. Kathleen D. Vohs presented at the “Small […]

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Posted in Altruism, Positive Psychology, Social Psychology, Video | 1 Comment »

Adult Well Being and Social Connection

Posted on August 5, 2012

From Springer: Positive social relationships in childhood and adolescence are key to adult well-being, according to Associate Professor Craig Olsson from Deakin University and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Australia, and his colleagues. In contrast, academic achievement appears to have little effect on adult well-being. The exploratory work, looking at the child and adolescent […]

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Posted in Education, Emotions, Positive Psychology | 1 Comment »

Independence Day: Celebrating Courage to Challenge the Situation

Posted on July 3, 2012

First Published on July 3, 2007: With the U.S. celebrating Independence Day — carnivals, fireworks, BBQs, parades and other customs that have, at best, only a tangential connection to our “independence,” — we thought it an opportune moment to return to its source in search of some situationism. No doubt, the Declaration of Independence is […]

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