Are We Happier When We Stay In The Moment?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy.

About Matt Killingsworth's TEDTalk

When are humans most happy? To answer this question, researcher Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment.

About Matt Killingsworth

Researcher Matt Killingsworth designs studies that gather data on happiness. While doing his Ph.D. research at Harvard, Killingsworth invented the Track Your Happiness app.

He's now a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar examining such topics as the relationship between happiness and the content of everyday experiences, the percentage of everyday experiences that are intrinsically valuable, and the degree of congruence between the causes of momentary happiness and of one's overall satisfaction with life.

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tom LI app ain't gonna measure this. Happy schmappy. What does it mean?

But its not that we're happier (which is absolutely indefinable for most people) in the moment, its that we stopped thinking about what is most upsetting us, or "depressing" us. Am I happier when I'm in some moment and super absorbed in it? Yes!! Its a no brainer! Even a distracting boring moment can bring on a Happier than usual rating.

Why are Americans obsessed with a constant state of happiness? That apparently must take place in a really intense way and frequently. Americans want happiness all the time, even when in the shower washing with a new and oh so exciting body wash that will transport us to the most golden moment of our lives.

Americans are whacked out on being happy!

Feb. 14 2014 03:51 PM

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