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September 30, 2013

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Phil Wortas

Is there an objective measurement of happiness? Is subjective self reporting of happiness distinguishable from actual happiness?

Cliff, are there posts on the blog that tackle the issue of defining what all of these people are chasing, other than a subjective feeling of contentment/pleasure?

Rybold Loonevich

Interesting stuff! There is no way John Stuart Mill would have been cast as a lovable octogenarian in Grumpiest Old Men.

Can I ask you two things that you might not answer? OK.

1) How reliable are research subjects when reporting on their own happiness?

2) How do you know you're not unintentionally queuing folks to report greater happiness by saying "try to be happy" before asking "are you happy?"

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