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Dan Gilbert – TED Presentation

winning lottery VS becoming paraplegic

They are equally happy with their lives after 1 year.

Impact bias: Tendency to overestimate the hedonic impact of future events. elections, romance, promotions, exams, medical conditions, sporting events, discriminations, weight loss etc… Basically people overestimate the effects of impact.

Major life trauma, after 3 months, has no effect on happiness.

 Synthetic happiness:

  1. Jim Wright: Chairman of House of Representatives. Resigned in disgrace when people found out about his shady book deal. He lost everything. “I am so much better off physically, financially, mentally and in almost every way.”
  2. Moreese Bickham: “I don’t have one minute’s regret. It was a glorious experience.” spent 37 years in Louisiana state penitentry for a crime he didn’t commit. Was released when he was 78 after a DNA testing.
  3. Pete Best “I’m happier than I would have been with the Beatles.” The original beatles drummer.