On the continuous calibration of happiness

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Abstract

The nature of happiness is considered. A model is reviewed in which the affect system is continuously recalibrated regarding a given domain of experiences as a function of the dominant affective tone those experiences have over time. In this view, people who experience repeated negative affect in a domain undergo an adjustment such that they become less demanding about the quality of experience producing happiness; people who experience repeated positive affect in a domain undergo an adjustment such that they become more demanding about the quality of experience required for happiness. Each results in a re-balancing of the system. As objective circumstances vary, the person still experiences both happiness and unhappiness. Implications are considered for large life changes and for individuals with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-341
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Volume105
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Health Professions(all)

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