TED - "Why are we happy?"

  • acousticpunk

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    Oct 07, 2010 5:27 AM GMT
    This was a great lecture with a solid message.

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    Oct 07, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    Interesting.. I kinda knew this... people I knew who are financially better off and have more choices in life werent generally happier than the people I knew who had less money and less choices... the latter were happier usually, cause they would be happy with what they got and not rethink it or compare it all the time...

    Plus I am very pleased I now have a solid rebuttal for all those dang hippies (no offense) that believe in "the secret" and what not and think they can get whatever they want in life.. lol

    So excellent research... but the guy giving the presentation is a bit over the top.. he gets all dramatic about his information and keeps walking around and moving and getting all over-animated, I find that very distracting... its a bit like CNN with all the dramatic movie music.. why cant he just be a bit calmer about it? Like Obama speaks, he speaks well!
  • Delivis

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    Oct 07, 2010 5:43 PM GMT
    I saw this years ago and yes it is a very good 20 minute lecture. Especially good if watched alongside Barry Schwartz's lscture entitled the paradox of choice (i hope i am remembering that correctly).
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    Oct 07, 2010 5:45 PM GMT
    I thought I was the only person boring enough to enjoy TED Talks.
    I think I've watched every one of them...twice or more. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 07, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    That's a great talk and I like the speaker.
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    Oct 07, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    UrsaMajor saidThat's a great talk and I like the speaker.


    O really? Ok maybe its just me, for me it just comes across as overbearing
  • neosyllogy

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    Oct 07, 2010 10:00 PM GMT
    The moralizing at the end was a bit out of place -- it wasn't a natural evolution of the data he presented; more him forcing some of his own beliefs around the data.

    The talk was interesting though. Pity he didn't discuss choices that actually do impact long-term happiness. Also, I feel happiness and satisfaction and pride are rather different things, would be curious how people would respond to those separate questions.

    Bit about choice dampening post-choice rationalization / 'happiness synthesis' effects was the most interesting and one that you hear about the least in general I think.