What We Want Doesn’t Always Make Us Happy - Deepstash
Utility and Economics
  • Much of modern economic theory is based around Utility.
  • British Philosopher Jeremy Bentham was the inventor of Utilitarianism

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What We Want Doesn’t Always Make Us Happy

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Getting what you want…

…need not make you happy.

  • People sometimes make choices they come to regret.
  • We need to question whether so...

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William blake

Man was made for Joy & Woe

And when this we rightly know

Through the world we safely g...

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Happiness research
  • There’s no clear consensus on how to measure happiness.
  • Some neuroscientists have tried to link it to various measures of brain acti...

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An interesting research
  • In 2019, a few economists (Hunt Allcott et al.) investigated how much money they had to pay Facebook users in order to deactivate the Facebook app for one or...

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Social Media and Happiness
  • Allcott et al. found that the people who deactivated Facebook as part of the experiment were happier afterward, reporting higher levels ...

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Utility and Happiness
  • Having a bigger house and more money doesn’t necessarily make people happy.
  • Just like social media, things that bring utility need not bring happiness.

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Ensuring happiness
  • Happiness is hard to measure.
  • Happiness surveys don’t reveal the measure of true happiness. Because people say what they think they should say due to cultu...

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