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Two Recommendations on the Pursuit of Happiness

Christopher K. Hsee, Fei Xu and Ningyu Tang

in Law and Happiness

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780226676005
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226676029 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226676029.003.0005
Two Recommendations on the Pursuit of Happiness

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This chapter examines how to increase the average happiness level within a generation and across generations. While any improvement in wealth and consumption will likely increase happiness, the increased happiness may or may not last long. There are two recommendations to make the increased happiness sustainable. First, to invest resources to promote adaptation-resistant consumption rather than adaptation-prone consumption—this seeks to make the increased happiness sustainable within a generation. The second recommendation is to invest resources to promote inherently evaluable consumption rather than inherently inevaluable consumption—this seeks to make the increased happiness sustainable across generations.

Keywords: sustainable happiness; adaptation-prone consumption; wealth; adaptation-resistant consumption; consumption; happiness

Chapter.  6045 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economics

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