Is happiness relative?

@article{Veenhoven1991IsHR,
  title={Is happiness relative?},
  author={R. Veenhoven},
  journal={Social Indicators Research},
  year={1991},
  volume={24},
  pages={1-34}
}
  • R. Veenhoven
  • Published 1991
  • Psychology
  • Social Indicators Research
  • The theory that happiness is relative is based on three postulates: (1) happiness results from comparison, (2) standards of comparison adjust, (3) standards of comparison are arbitrary constructs. On the basis of these postulates the theory predicts: (a) happiness does not depend on real quality of life, (b) changes in living-conditions to the good or the bad have only a shortlived effect on happiness, (c) people are happier after hard times, (d) people are typically neutral about their life… CONTINUE READING
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