Thursday, December 31, 2015
There Is A Scientific Reason Why New Year's Eve Is Generally Terrible
The Independent: New Year’s Eve: The scientific reason why it is generally terrible
Those who plan to have a great time on New Year's Eve are likely to be the most miserable of all.
In the movies, New Year’s Eve is always full of excitement and intrigue, attractive people in sparkly outfits, and surprise kisses at midnight. So why does real-world New Year’s Eve always seem to consist of losing your friends in a crowded bar, standing in line forever for drinks, and waiting an hour in the cold for a ridiculously priced Uber?
Research done by a team of psychologists and economists on how we experience happiness actually offers an explanation. In a 1999 study called “The pursuit and assessment of happiness can be self-defeating,” Jonathan Schooler, now of the University of California Santa Barbara, Dan Ariely of Duke University and George Loewenstein of Carnegie Melon offer evidence that those who plan to have a great time on New Year's Eve are likely to be the most miserable of all.
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CSN Editor: Yup .... it always comes down to high expectations that never pan out.