Why are we happy?

Oct 31 2008

I happened to watch this interesting psychology TED talk of Dan Gilbert about synthetic happiness and found it somewhat new . It’s only 20 minutes but I spend around 1 hour to digest, that proves how bad my memory is…

Anyway, though it’s already been 3 years, the talk is really interesting to me. He introduced the concept of synthetic (artificial, human made) happiness, the kind of happiness that human made themselves when they didn’t get what they want.

I like his experiments, very logical. The results are surprising, also funny.

Nevertheless, I agree with one of the comments made by the viewer. He’s not exactly talking about happiness per se. He’s talking about happiness in one particular situation: when you didn’t achieve what you COULD HAVE got.

Anyway, I just jot down what I derive from the show:

  • What you get seems to be better than u thought about it.
  • When you had a chance to choose your path, you seems to regret about your decision (compared to NO CHANCE AT ALL)
  • And when you encountered something terrible, most of them time it turns out not as bad as it seems to be (you’ll feel relieve in a very short time later)
Oh in case you wonder why I’m writing this, I’m trying to improve my critial thinking and analysis.
Nice day people ;-)

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