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Is Our Definition of Happiness Changing?

Sep 09, 2015 | 28 videos
Video by The Atlantic

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of professors, psychologists, and journalists how people's definitions of happiness could be evolving. "I do think there's been a rise in materialistic sorts of values," says Eli Finkel, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University. "Those tend to be hard to reconcile with happiness." Other panelists include Tim Kasser, Susan Greenfield, Paul Bloom, and Suleika Jaouad.

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Authors: Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Sam Price-Waldman, Greyson Korhonen

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