After all, money has its advantages. They found that as income increases, life-satisfaction rises too. Tom always enjoys his job as a janitor at a local community college.
By Tom Stafford 27 March Think a lottery win would make you happy forever? Before the last Powerball jackpot in the United States, tickets were being snapped up at a rate of arounda minute.
Another explanation is that our happiness depends on how we feel relative to our peers. If you win the lottery you may feel richer than your neighbours, and think that moving to a mansion in a new neighbourhood would make you happy, but then you look out of the window and realise that all your new friends live in bigger mansions.
Lottery winners could take account of hedonic treadmill and social comparison effects when they spend their money. Happiness is a complex, nebulous state that is fed by transient simple pleasures, as well as the more sustained rewards of activities that only make sense from a perspective of years or decades.
It even seems like the very act of trying to measuring it can distract us from what might make us most happy. An important study by Christopher Hsee of the Chicago School of Business and colleagues showed how this could happen. But the experiment had a vital extra comparison.
Another group of participants were offered the same choice, but with an intervening points system: With points, participants were told they could receive a gallon of vanilla ice cream. For points they could receive a gallon of pistachio ice cream.
Although the actions and the effects are the same, introducing the points system dramatically affected the choices people made. Based on this, and other experiments , Hsee concluded that participants are maximising their points at the expense of maximising their happiness.
The points are just a medium — something that allows us to get the thing that will create enjoyment. But because the points are so easy to measure and compare — is obviously much more than 60 — this overshadows our knowledge of what kind of ice cream we enjoy most.
So next time you are buying a lottery ticket because of the amount it is paying out, or choosing wine by looking at the price, or comparing jobs by looking at the salaries, you might do well to remember to think hard about how much the bet, wine, or job will really promote your happiness, rather than simply relying on the numbers to do the comparison.
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