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Malheur éphémère, bonheur durable

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  • Wilner, Lionel
  • Perona, Mathieu

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La plupart de nos travaux s’intéressent aux facteurs observables qui ont un effet sur le bien-être subjectif – le revenu, le diplôme, le fait d’être en couple, etc. La satisfaction à l’égard de notre vie peut cependant aussi dépendre non seulement de notre situation actuelle, mais aussi de notre situation passée, et de comment nous l’avons ressenti. Un récent article de recherche jette un éclairage sur cet effet de mémoire, et met en évidence trois résultats principaux : (i) Les personnes les plus satisfaites de leur vie tendent à le rester ; (ii) Au contraire, les personnes les plus insatisfaites le restent moins longtemps ; (iii) Le fait d’être initialement très satisfait ou insatisfait pèse plus lourd dans l’appréciation de sa vie que les principaux facteurs externes. Ces résultats fondent une politique du bien-être qui agit à la fois sur la prévention des chocs négatifs, sur l’accélération des sorties de l’insatisfaction forte, et sur la promotion des facteurs contribuant à un niveau élevé de bien-être.

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  • Wilner, Lionel & Perona, Mathieu, 2022. "Malheur éphémère, bonheur durable," Notes de l'Observatoire du bien-être 2208, CEPREMAP.
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    Keywords

    Wellbeing; transition; unhappiness trap;
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    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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