Ethics, Place and Environment 13 (1):19 – 22 (2010)

I agree with Andreou that people are 'highly adaptable when it comes to material goods.' But I would supplement her point about the influence of social comparisons on experiences of happiness with a point about the influence of habit. Andreou does briefly mention habituation, arguing that 'a good will give one less happiness once one has gotten used to having it.' While this may be true, though, it is also true that one's sense of how necessary a good is to one's happiness actually increases once one has gotten used to having it. One becomes accustomed to having that good in one's life, incorporating it into one's routines, such that it becomes difficult to imagine life without it anymore. This phenomenon complicates Andreou's argument that being happy with less is possible if everyone has less: being happy with less also depends on (re)creating habits adapted to living with less
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/13668790903554048
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,130
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

What is This Thing Called Happiness?Fred Feldman - 2010 - Oxford University Press.
Comment on Andreou.Joseph Heath - 2010 - Ethics, Place and Environment 13 (1):23 – 26.
Materialism and Economics.Christopher Morgan-Knapp - 2010 - Ethics, Place and Environment 13 (1):27 – 30.
The Long Slide to Happiness.Richard Smith - 2008 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 42 (3-4):559-573.
Kant on Happiness in the Moral Life.Gary Watson - 1983 - Philosophy Research Archives 9:79-108.


Added to PP index

Total views
42 ( #269,794 of 2,506,442 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #277,420 of 2,506,442 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes