The Psychology of Everyday Life: Motivation and the Search For Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness

How much does the intensity of happiness matter?

Apparently, the consistency of positive emotions matters more than the intensity of them. In a 1991 study by Ed Diener and colleagues, the proportion of time that people felt positive emotions was a better predictor of their evaluation of their overall happiness than the intensity of their positive emotions. In other words, happy people tend to feel mildly or moderately happy most of the time, but may not feel intensely happy all that often.


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