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Chapter 2 – The Meaning and Measure of Happiness
1. Positive psychologists argue that national statistics describing how we are
doing as a society provide a misleading view of happiness and health because
A. only measure economic changes.
B. do not involve large enough samples.
C. do not measure happiness and positive mental health or functioning
D. are biased by middle class values.
2. Positive psychologists argue that statistics on the objective facts of people’s lives
give a misleading view of well-being because
A. the facts of people’s lives are not strongly related to their subjective
B. the facts do not capture all the relevant objective features of an
C. of the many regional and cultural differences that are glossed over by
D. the facts are biased towards the “haves” and do not fairly represent the
life circumstances of the “have-nots.”
3. The difference between hedonic and eudaimonic conceptions of happiness
boils down to the difference between
A. pleasure/happiness and meaning/personal expressiveness.
B. pleasure and happiness.
C. short-term and long-term satisfaction.
D. serving the self and serving others.
4. The word “daimon” in eudaimonia refers to
B. true self or spirit.
C. God or a transcendent power.
D. personal fate.
5. According to Waterman’s studies, eudaimonic enjoyment results from
activities that create feelings of
A. relaxation, excitement, and happiness that make us forget our
B. personal expressiveness, meaning, challenge, competence, and growth.
C. spirituality and awe.
D. triumph and superiority.
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