An Equation for Happiness

Posted August 8, 2014

by Lensyl Urbano

An interesting article by some researchers from the University College in London describes the equation they constructed and tested that predicts happiness.

A key part of the equation is that it relates happiness to the difference between people’s expectations of rewards and the actual rewards.

… we show that emotional reactivity in the form of momentary happiness in response to outcomes of a probabilistic reward task is explained not by current task earnings, but by the combined influence of recent reward expectations and prediction errors arising from those expectations.

— Rutledge et al., 2014. A computational and neural model of momentary
subjective well-being
, in PNAS Early Edition.

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2014. An Equation for Happiness, Retrieved September 25th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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