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The Meaning(s) of Happiness

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  • Kamvar, Sep

    (Stanford University)

  • Mogilner, Cassie

    (Stanford University)

  • Aaker, Jennifer

    (Stanford University)

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    An examination of emotions reported on 12 million personal blogs along with the results of three experiments reveal that the meaning of happiness is not fixed; instead, it shifts as people age. Whereas younger people are more likely to associate happiness with excitement, older people are more likely to associate happiness with feeling peaceful. This change is driven by increased feelings of connectedness (to others and to the present moment) as one ages.

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    Paper provided by Stanford University, Graduate School of Business in its series Research Papers with number 2026.

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    Date of creation: May 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:ecl:stabus:2026

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    1. Adorée Durayappah, 2011. "The 3P Model: A General Theory of Subjective Well-Being," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 12(4), pages 681-716, August.

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