Measuring emotion? Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

http://m.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/08/meaning-is-healthier-than-happiness/278250/

Laughing with joy on a racing roller coaster? Pleeeease. Unless that ride comes with deep significance — ride for charity! ride to show your cousin a good time! ride to make someone else’s suffering less! — you are basically totally miserable, you just don’t know it, OK?

Enjoyed the concept but are the questions and answers supposedly revealing one’s happiness and meaning actually … accurate? This seems like measuring a length of water outside of a container. And how do you account for the influence of that moment’s emotional state on a summary of one’s overall emotional state?

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