The Science Behind Smile

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Measures of Happiness and the Secret behind Smile In his article, “The Science behind the Smile”, Daniel Gilbert focuses on the various aspects, reasons and measures of happiness. Happiness, as he explains has now become a part of science which was previously studied only by psychologists. Giving it a scientific view, an economist studies happiness to coincide it with the theory of ‘wants’. When he gets to know the ‘wants’, he’ll be able to assume the demand which in turn will also help him in assuming the supply and overall managing of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Then there are neuroscientists studying happiness from a medical attitude, helping themselves to come up with conclusions; but how every discipline measures…show more content…
A first distinction is between experienced and remembered well-being. Experienced well-being depends on moment-by-moment reports, usually of pleasure or pain, and remembered well-being is reported subsequently, and is hence based on memory. A second distinction relates to the time span of the emotion or event being experienced or remembered. For experienced well-being, the time span is momentary, but for remembered well-being, the report can relate to a past moment (how did you feel when something happened, or at noon), to the average for any particular event or time period, whether yesterday, last week, your last holiday, your just-finished colonoscopy, or to your life as a whole these days. A third distinction is between evaluations and emotional reports. An evaluation is inherently a judgment about something, while an emotional report is more simply the description of an emotional state. (John F. Helliwell and Shun Wang, 2012) The report found the following: ▪ Happier countries tend to be richer countries. But more important for happiness than income are social factors like the strength of social support, the absence of corruption and the degree of personal freedom. ▪ Over time as living standards have risen, happiness has increased in some countries, but not in others (like for example, the United States). On average, the world has become a little happier in the
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