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Comment author: MinibearRex 31 March 2011 10:51:33PM 2 points [-]

3) Empirical studies (e.g. http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/mar/08031807.html) suggest that humans who believe in such notions are more likely to be happier.

Are they actually happier, or do they just believe that they're happier? ;)

Comment author: Zuckaschnegge 27 April 2012 07:31:36AM *  0 points [-]

What would the actual difference be? You have a subjective view of your emotions (and anything else anyway). so believing you are happy would be the same as being happy, as long as you are not aware of the fact that you are only believing in your happiness.

Comment author: MinibearRex 28 April 2012 10:08:46PM 1 point [-]

I suspect that there is a difference, but I'm not extremely confident of this. It seems to me that a noticeable fraction of the people I've encountered over my life are in decidedly sub-optimal situations, and could with relative simplicity change to a more optimal lifestyle, yet are convinced that their own lifestyle is the best thing ever.

Comment author: alex_zag_al 05 November 2017 11:13:59PM 0 points [-]

I think that someone who merely believed they were happy, and then experienced real happiness, would not want to go back.