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Karen Wang

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Do you agree that happiness is relative?

(with happiness defined as the overall satisfaction of life vs. contentment)
Basic Postulates:
1. happiness results from comparison
2. standards of comparison adjusts
3. standards of comparison are arbitrary constructs

Main Inferences
1. happiness does not depend on real quality of life
2. changes in living conditions to the good or the bad have only a short-lived effect on happiness
3. people are happier after hard times
4. people are typically neutral about their life


Topics: happiness

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    Apr 10 2011: I agree with you. I even talked about this exact subject at TEDxThessaloniki a week ago.
    "My passport to eudaimonia (happiness +)" was the title of my talk and it explained how I am super happy in Greece, although the country is in a deep crisis!

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