A Mathematical Equation to Predict Happiness

Scientists, researchers, philosophers and writers have spent countless hours and used many barrels of ink attempting to elucidate the origins of happiness. What is happiness? How is it achieved? Will you even know when you are happy? These are complicated questions. But according to researchers from University College London, this is all you need to know:

Simple, eh?
Indeed, you are looking at the mathematical equation for happiness. But hold on a moment. This equation doesn’t explain your overall satisfaction with life; rather, it can predict how happiness levels fluctuate when you win or lose a reward in a simple game. Using this formula, researchers discovered that our momentary happiness tends to be greater, not when things are going well, but when they’re going better than expected.

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