Decision and experience: why don't we choose what makes us happy?

  title={Decision and experience: why don't we choose what makes us happy?},
  author={Christopher K. Hsee and Reid Hastie},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  • C. Hsee, R. Hastie
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Recent years have witnessed a growing interest among psychologists and other social scientists in subjective well-being and happiness. Here we review selected contributions to this development from the literature on behavioral-decision theory. In particular, we examine many, somewhat surprising, findings that show people systematically fail to predict or choose what maximizes their happiness, and we look at reasons why they fail to do so. These findings challenge a fundamental assumption that… Expand
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