What makes us happy?

This video tries to replicate and support the findings from this study.

  • What are the weaknesses of this little experiment to support the argument from the longer study?
  • Is there a universal metric for measuring happiness?
  • Is happiness same culture to culture?
  • After seeing this video if you were convinced by its proposition, and went round telling people how grateful you were, do you think that would make you happier?

Another recently publicized report is a 75 year longitudinal study into what makes us happy, is the Harvard’s Grant Study. The problem with this study is it’s sample were all Harvard students, white and male! It must be true then! What does this tell us about the Human Sciences as a way of knowing.

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