Ask Ariely: On Happy Money, Splitting Bills, and Unintended Stalking

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ______________________________________________________ Dear Dan, I have worked very hard for…

Understanding Ego Depletion

From your own experience, are you more likely to finish half a pizza by yourself on a) Friday night after a long work week or b) Sunday evening after a restful weekend? The answer that most people will give, of course, is…

Burns and Happiness

The realization of how relative happiness is became very apparent to me some years ago when I was in the burn department. One day a new patient came to the burn department — Miri, a teenage girl.  Miri was 17 and her…

Nicholas Christakis

Recently I wrote a short summary of Christakis’s research for Time magazine 100 people of 2009.  Here is my summary of the research: Social scientists used to have a straightforward, if tongue-in-cheek, answer to the question of how to become happy: Surround…

Valentine’s Blog

Given Valentine’s Day and the state of the market, let’s consider which approach to finding love is better: 1) the free market system where everyone can find their own date and figure out who and what is best for themselves; or 2)…