Experience, Memory and Happiness


Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This new insight of the Two Selves within has profound implications for economics, public policy — and our own self-awareness.

We need to consider experience and memory separately when we study happiness, i.e. what we experience in the present is not what we remember after the fact. This is of utmost importance in a world that is starting to recognise how well-being and ‘happiness’ impact our economy and life generally. Considering that all public policies, work organistion

“We do not attend to the same things when we live our life and when we think about it”, says Daniel Kahneman. “Happiness is not a substitute to well-being, it is a completely different notion.”

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