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Happiness Blockers

Social Comparison

  • Upward comparisons reduce self-perceptions
  • Downward comparisons reduce perceived value of others


  • Buying/thinking about experiences boosts happiness more than buying/thinking about material goods
  • Satisfaction of experiences increases with time whereas satisfaction of material goods decreases with time


  • Praising for internal attributes (cultivating a ‘’Fixed Mindset’’) rather than effort (‘’Growth Mindset’’) is associated with anxiety
  • Priming the ‘’ideal self’’ leads to dejection


  • Trying to maximize pleasure in our decisions is associated with less happiness
  • ‘’Satisfying’’ associated with greater happiness

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