What Do You Know About Happiness? – UCLA

And, for that matter, emergency room doctors, recession birthrates and job markets in which employers don’t compete much
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26 October 2022
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Developing a happiness index to augment or replace GDP turns out to be very difficult. Why?
Read on: A decade-plus into the work, Dan Benjamin says researchers and their subjects often don’t understand each other.
And yet, there has never been more useful advice on one’s individual happiness. Which of these is true?
Read on: Cassie Holmes’ book, “Happier Hour,” based on research she and others conducted, suggests two hours daily devoted to favored activities is a big driver of happiness.
Emergency room doctors, encountering a patient in pain:
Read on: Patients treated by a doctor late at night/very early morning — at the tail end of a 26-hour shift — were 20% to 30% less likely to be prescribed painkillers.
Recessions — and early COVID-19’s was a doozy — typically mean fewer pregnancies, due to economic worries, but the pandemic baby bust may be far smaller than expected. Why?
Read on: Anxiety about jobs and the economy — without the pandemic complications — could have led to a 9% decline in births.
Monopsony, in which one or a handful of employers controls the local market for a particular job or skill, most affects:
Read on: Registered nurses would earn about $3,000 to $6,000 less per year when working in a monopsony market, a study across 117 million workers suggests.
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