When asked we always say that we want to be happy. However, according to cognitive psychologist Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in economics, many of us are actually working toward some other end.
He argues that happiness and satisfaction are distinct. And based on this division he explains that instead of maximizing the happiness in their life, people want to maximize their satisfaction with themselves and with their lives. And that leads in completely different directions than the maximization of happiness.
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