Hedonic consequences of social comparison: a contrast of happy and unhappy people.

@article{Lyubomirsky1997HedonicCO,
  title={Hedonic consequences of social comparison: a contrast of happy and unhappy people.},
  author={S. Lyubomirsky and L. Ross},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1997},
  volume={73 6},
  pages={
          1141-57
        }
}
Two studies tested the hypothesis that self-rated unhappy individuals would be more sensitive to social comparison information than would happy ones. Study 1 showed that whereas unhappy students' affect and self-assessments were heavily affected by a peer who solved anagrams either faster or slower, happy students' responses were affected by the presence of a slower peer only. These between-group differences proved to be largely independent of 2 factors associated with happiness, i.e., self… Expand

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