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It’s funny how what you do (engineering in my case) affects the way you think about some things. I started to think of happiness not as a direct function of the different “happiness variables” (like wealth, relationships…) but as the derivative of those variables. For me it makes a lot more sense that how you feel is related to your perceived progress towards or away from happiness rather than your actual status on some arbitrary scale. It explains why rich people can get depressed and why people who have suffered extreme losses can be very happy a while after the loss.

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