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|Abstract||According to the Easterlin paradox , individuals within countries see their happiness affected by how their incomes compare to their fellow citizens’, and yet both across countries and across time, vast differences in income do not make a difference to average levels of happiness. According to the disability paradox , people who suffer from what look like severe health problems often do not feel as unhappy as healthy people predict. In fact, some of them do not seem unhappy at all: they have adapted to their condition in ways that the healthy, who overlook adaptive processes, neglect. Apparently, large differences in what we might call people’s “objective welfare” do not always make for differences in people’s subjective happiness|
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