Some books picked by Paul:

  • Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman.
  • The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt
  • Happiness, Daniel Nettle
  • Stumbling on Happiness, Daniel Gilbert

How happy are you?

Most common answers are 7 and 8, American 7.71. The answers are highly related to the environment.

Happiness is highly heritable.

The life events matter less than we thought.

  • irrelevant of daily life
  • we adapt to the good and bad things
  • the psychological immune system

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of hell and a Hell of Heaven.

Happiness is influenced by absolute and relative factors.

Danny Kahneman proposed: we focus on the peaks and ending for the past pleasure and pain. Endings matter.