17 Mar '12, 10am

Pursue absolute happiness, not relative happiness

Pursue absolute happiness, not relative happiness

SINGAPORE: The next time when you are torn between splurging on an expensive bag and a getaway to a resort island, opt for the experience. That's according to these speakers from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Technology, Entertainment, Design (TEDxNTU). Pursuing absolute rather than relative forms of happiness was one of the many ideas discussed at the TEDxNTU forum. TED is a US-based, non-profit organisation that holds conferences aimed at sharing ideas and inspiring people. Dr Nick Powdthavee, Assistant Professor at NTU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said: "No matter how well you do, it's a relative thing. It's not just good enough to be good enough anymore. You have to be better than other people. And that's really bad for our happiness. "Humans tend to pursue the relative kind of happiness, because in relative, they're much scarcer. The friendsh...

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