Maslow 2.0: A New and Improved Recipe for Happiness

A study based on a survey of thousands of people from 123 countries reveals the universal needs that make us happy…

 

The study’s methodical investigation of both day-to-day positive and negative feelings and overall life evaluation uncovered novel nuances as well. As it turns out, the needs that are most linked with everyday satisfaction are interpersonal ones, such as love and respect. Our troubles, conversely, relate most to lack of esteem, lack of freedom, and lack of nourishment. Only when we look back on the quality of our lives thus far do basic needs become significant indicators for well-being…

 

“Maslow got right that there are universal human needs beyond the physiological needs that everyone recognizes,” Ed Diener says. “But it turns out people are inherently social. We are called the social animal now.”