How Happiness Affects Choice
16 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2011 Last revised: 27 Sep 2012
Date Written: October 1, 2011
Consumers want to be happy, and marketers are increasingly trying to appeal to consumers’ pursuit of happiness. However, the results of six studies reveal that what happiness means varies, and consumers’ choices reflect those differences. In some cases happiness is defined as feeling excited, and in other cases happiness is defined as feeling calm. The type of happiness pursued is determined by one’s temporal focus, such that individuals tend to choose more exciting options when focused on the future, and more calming options when focused on the present moment. These results suggest that the definition of happiness, and consumers’ resulting choices, are dynamic and malleable.
Keywords: brand management, power and influence, marketing implemetation, customer relations, consumer choice, advertising, organizational change, marketing strategy, motivation, market research, happiness
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