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The Chinese measures are all material in nature and are being used as a proxy for measuring happiness.

For example, studies have shown that one someone suffers a catastrophic event (say becoming paralyzed in an auto accident) their happiness goes down, but after some time, as they adapt their happiness tends to return to its prior level.

There are actual studies ranging over many years and countries where people are just asked how happy they are. Since it is a subjective thing why use proxies?

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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Fri Oct 20th, 2006 at 12:37:27 PM EST
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