Summary #1408

How Hope Can Make You Happier With Your Lot

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  • Researchers did two lab-based studies of relative deprivation (feeling bad about other people having it better than us) on 55 volunteers.
  • People who had high scores of relative deprivation had less hope, which weirdly caused them to be more eager to take risks.
  • Having more hope for the future seems to protect people from unhealthy behaviours that lead to poor outcomes, like gambling and substance abuse.
  • Interestingly, this wasn’t true for people who were relatively rich, suggesting that gambling for them is fun rather than an attempt at turning around one’s fate.

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