The New York Times, July 2015
“The influence of the field of ‘happiness economics’ is growing. Many corporations now employ ‘chief happiness officers,’ and mood-tracking personal devices are gaining in popularity. But some say quantifying happiness only leads to anxiety, as individuals can’t ‘achieve’ what is an inherently elusive feeling. Plus, all the data collected on human emotions can be used for more targeted marketing, or manipulation.”
Four major authors and economists square off on whether happiness is really a healthy goal for society.