A Nobel Prize-winning psychologist says most people don’t really want to be happy


Daniel Kahneman, the granddaddy of behavioral economics and human decisioning has a theory about human happiness. He doesn’t think people actually want to be happy. Instead, people are more likely to choose satisfaction—the long-term feeling that comes with achieving your goals. In an interview with Tyler Cohen, he says “Altogether, I don’t think that people maximize happiness in that sense…this doesn’t seem to be what people want to do. They actually want to maximize their satisfaction with themselves and with their lives. And that leads in completely different directions than the maximization of happiness.”


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