There’s A Mathematical Equation For Happiness!

There’s A Mathematical Equation For Happiness!

Since time immemorial, humanity has been in pursuit of genuine happiness, which in most cases, ends up in disappointment. But a team of researchers from the University College London claimed that they just unlocked the formula for happiness.


Originally introduced in 2014, the so-called equation for happiness was updated and was recently published in the journal Nature Communication. The study, which was funded by Wellcome, revealed, for the first time, the equation that could answer this million years old question of happiness.

In a statement, Dr. Robb Rutledge of UCL’s Institute of Neurology, said the mathematical equation that his team has come up with could explain how people achieve the feeling of happiness. By studying 47 volunteers, they’ve learned that in order to be happy, whatever happens to the person is not the only thing that matters, but even those that surround him or her.

“On average we are less happy if others get more or less than us, but this varies a lot from person to person. Interestingly, the equation allows us to predict how generous an individual will be in a separate scenario when they are asked how they would like to split a small amount of money with another person. Based on exactly how inequality affects their happiness, we can predict which individuals will be altruistic,” Rutledge said in the statement.

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The experiment was divided into two parts, for the first part, the volunteers were asked to divide a certain amount of money with a total stranger. On the second game, the participants were asked to gamble their money, but was briefed that the whatever the outcome of that game, would determine how much money they would get.

They were then asked if they’re willing to divide the money, the same way in what they did in the first part of the game. Also, throughout the experiment, their happiness level was assessed. The team also found that our generosity is somewhat connected with by how much inequalities people experience in a day-to-day basis, hence the term, ‘in-the-moment inequality’.

“The people who gave away half of their money when they had the opportunity showed no envy when they experienced inequality in a different task but showed a lot of guilt. By contrast, those who kept all the money for themselves displayed no signs of guilt in the other task but displayed a lot of envy. This is the first time that people’s generosity has been directly linked to how inequality affects their happiness,” study co-author Archy de Berker added.

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