Lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts, and more. Hosted by Larry Mantle

Ordinary or extraordinary experiences, what makes you happiest?

by AirTalk

78528 full
Family members play in the river at Shimanto city in Kochi prefecture on August 14, 2013. JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images

A new study from professors at UPenn’s Wharton School and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business has found that as people age, ordinary experiences are more meaningful.

The study gave participants examples of ordinary and extraordinary experiences and asked them to rate their happiness after each. While both the young and the old seem to enjoy extraordinary experiences (like a tropical vacation, or watching a cat give birth to kittens), older participants were happier after ordinary experiences, like a good, long conversation, or a hot cup of coffee.

So are bucket lists for the young? Have ordinary experiences become more enjoyable to you as you age? What makes you happiest, and why?  


Cassie Mogilner, Assistant Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School, UPenn

Amit Bhattacharjee, Visiting Assistant Professor at Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

blog comments powered by Disqus

Enjoy AirTalk? Try KPCC’s other programs.

What's popular now on KPCC