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How some people can maximize their happiness even though they are not actively pursuing it

Fleurbaey, Marc and Schwandt, Hannes (2016) How some people can maximize their happiness even though they are not actively pursuing it. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (22 Jun 2016). Website.

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Abstract

One of people’s most important goals tends to be the pursuit of happiness. In a new survey which measures people’s subjective well-being (another way of thinking about happiness), Marc Fleurbaey and Hannes Schwandt find that 90 percent of people are seeking to maximize their subjective well-being, though they are willing to sacrifice some of this in the short term to benefit their families and for their long-term well-being, They also find that the actual subjective well-being of those who are working to maximize it is lower than those who are not, something that they attribute to both disadvantage of opportunity and sacrificing of well-being in the short term to help others and themselves in the future.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 13:08
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 00:38
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67229

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