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Nancy Etcoff:
Happiness and its surprises

TED2004 · 19:45 · Filmed Feb 2004
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Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness — the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.

Evolutionary psychologist
Nancy Etcoff is part of a new vanguard of cognitive researchers asking: What makes us happy? Why do we like beautiful things? And how on earth did we evolve that way? Full bio
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