Q: What do researchers mean by ‘subjective well-being’? How is this construct measured? Researchers mean by subjective well-being the study of happiness. The construct measured by researchers is to asses a person’s life satisfaction and the frequency of positive and negative emotional experiences. A really good example of this is that money and wealth does not equal happiness and most studies show people who win a large amount of the lottery quickly return to their pre-lottery happiness. I found this very interesting because I grew up in a family that did not have money and although now I have the things my children and I need I always think but how great would it be to win a couple of million dollars. Reading this information has opened my eyes and really made me realize, maybe I do not have a mansion and maybe I need to say no to my kids every now but what it boils down to, is that myself, children, and boyfriend are happy we do not need materialistic things
Q: On p. 18 of your textbook, the authors present the hypothetical possibility of being hooked up to an ‘experience machine’ that would guarantee a constant state of happiness and positive emotion. Would you choose to be hooked up to such a machine? Why or why not? In your response, differentiate between hedonic and eudaimonic concepts of happiness. I personally would not like to be hooked up to an ‘experience machine.’ I love feeling happiness along with other emotions but I feel by not having negative emotions we would never learn from things. A good example of this brings us to post traumatic growth, if we experience a traumatic event because of something we did we will not experience those negative feelings helping us grow and not make the same mistake twice, instead we would always see everything as positive and make continuous mistakes that could put ourselves or others in danger. Hedonic concepts of happiness are described as the enjoyment of life and its pleasures. Eudaimonic concepts of...
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