Our good friend Dan Gilbert moderated a fantastic conversation between Bob Frank (another good friend and collaborator) and Justin Wolfers at this years Aspen Ideas Festival a few weeks back. It's one of the best discussions on the current state of economic-based happiness research out there, and the dialogue between Bob and Justin offers not only new insights into what cutting edge data are suggesting about some of the seeming paradoxes in the literature (e.g., money doesn't appear to buy happiness) but also integrates some of the oppositional positions that economists have put forward. Definitely worth a view.
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Happiness -- that should be the goal, right? Well, maybe not, or at least not as the ultimate goal that we should be striving for all the time. New work by June Gruber, Iris Mauss, and Maya Tamir suggests that too much happiness, just like too much chocolate, may not be beneficial. As we like to say here -- it's all about balance. Read More...