New research says yes—and points the way to a healthier, more balanced life. We know that they motivate us to pursue important goals and overcome obstacles, protect us from some effects of stress, connect us closely with other people, and even stave off physical and mental ailments. This has made happiness pretty trendy.
This question has no straightforward answer, because the meaning of the question itself is unclear. What exactly is being asked? In that case your inquiry is linguistic.
Chances are you had something more interesting in mind: Is it pleasure, a life of prosperity, something else? Yet we can't answer that question until we have some notion of what we mean by the word.
A state of mind A life that goes well for the person leading it In the first case our concern is simply a psychological matter. What is this state of mind we call happiness?
Typical answers to this question include life satisfaction, pleasure, or a positive emotional condition.
Having answered that question, a further question arises: Perhaps you are a high-achieving intellectual who thinks that only ignoramuses can be happy. On this sort of view, happy people are to be pitied, not envied. The present article will center on happiness in the psychological sense.
In the second case, our subject matter is a kind of value, namely what philosophers nowadays tend to call prudential value—or, more commonly, well-being, welfare, utility or flourishing.
For further discussion, see the entry on well-being. Whether these terms are really equivalent remains a matter of dispute, but this article will usually treat them as interchangeable. To be high in well-being is to be faring well, doing well, fortunate, or in an enviable condition.
Ill-being, or doing badly, may call for sympathy or pity, whereas we envy or rejoice in the good fortune of others, and feel gratitude for our own. Being good for someone differs from simply being good, period: Importantly, to ascribe happiness in the well-being sense is to make a value judgment: Whereas hedonists identify well-being roughly with experiences of pleasure, desire theorists equate it with the satisfaction of one's desires—actually getting what you want, versus merely having certain experiences.
Both hedonism and desire theories are in some sense subjectivist, since they ground well-being in the individual's subjective states. Objective list theorists, by contrast, think some things benefit us independently of our attitudes or feelings: Aristotelians are the best-known example: A passive but contented couch potato may be getting what he wants, and he may enjoy it.
But he would not, on Aristotelian and other objective list theories, count as doing well, or leading a happy life. If so, then your question concerns matters of value, namely what is good for people—the sort of thing that ethical theorists are trained to address.
Alternatively, perhaps you simply want to know about the nature of a certain state of mind—happiness in the psychological sense. In this case, some sort of psychological inquiry will be needed, either philosophical or scientific.
Laypersons often have neither sort of question in mind, but are really asking about the sources of happiness. It leaves unanswered, or takes for granted, the question of just what happiness is, such that friends are a good source of it. Such failures have generated much confusion, sometimes yielding bogus disagreements that prove to be merely verbal.
Such researchers employ the term in the psychological sense. The objectors are confused:Preliminary versions of economic research. The Time-Varying Effect of Monetary Policy on Asset Prices. Pascal Paul • Federal Reserve Bank of San FranciscoEmail: [email protected] First online version: November INCOME INEQUALITY AND HAPPINESS IN NATIONS All modern nations reduce income differences to some extent, and as a result there is an ongoing discussion about what degree of .
a small negative effect of state level inequality in the U.S. 88 Several authors have also tried to test for effects of inequality above and 89 beyond differences in personal income levels.
Thus, in Study 1, we examined the association between wealth and savoring ability, and tested whether the positive relationship between wealth and happiness is undermined by the negative effect of wealth on savoring.
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