Are You Happy, Or Just Remembering Wrong?

Here is another great TED talk, this one from TED last month in California. Are you happy? Here’s the TED summary:

Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy — and our own self-awareness.

If you don’t see the embedded video here, you can click this link to go to the source at the TED.com site.

Just to get you interested, here are a few quotes:

  • “Time has very little impact on the story.”
  • “We don’t choose between experiences. We choose between memories of experiences.” And for the future, we think about the anticipation.
  • Question: “How much do we consume our memories?”
  • “We do not attend to the same things when we think about life and when we actually live it.”

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