Samuel Harvey

5 karmaJoined Jun 2022


Very interesting report thanks folks! I am very sympathetic to the WELLBY approach. I wonder if anyone shares the intuition that the real improvement of subjective wellbeing doesn't follow linearly when people report on a 10 point scale. When I think about how I rate something something like how tasty a meal was, there is a bigger real difference between a 6/10 and 7/10 than between a 5/10 and a 6/10 even though the difference in my ratings was 1/10 in both cases. I wonder if  something similar applies to ratings of SWB. 

This could have important  implications for which groups to target with certain interventions, if for example through further research we found something like: the first WELLBY  point increase from the neutral point is 'worth more' than a WELLBY point increase at a higher starting point. 

I'm fairly new to this area and have just engaged with it through HLI's posts so I'm not sure if this has been talked about before. Keep up the awesome work.