My aunt and uncles often tell me (with a loud voice at point-blank range) that I need to marry a fellow Gujrathi Indian – only then will I have a happy marriage. They’ve got years of experience on me, but they’ve been blindsided by cognitive dissonance. That’s why surveys can be useful – they aggregate the wisdom of thousands.
Of course, the accuracy of those surveys is an open concern.
In part 2 of this post (to be released in December) , I’ll cover the specific ways in which money fails to accurately measure well-being.
Do happiness surveys accurately capture the happiness and well-being of its participants, or would we be better off listening to expert opinions from other fields, like self-help or economics?
Four – most positive psychology studies use ineffective placebos.the quality of their marriage, their bosses behavior, and the weather over past 12 weeks). Instead of answering, “all things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? ” That’s a dangerous substitution, because in this matter, our feelings are extraordinarily inaccurate.