Studies on how experiences influence behavior have found that there is a far greater ratio of positive to negative experiences required to make people happy. As an example, successful marriages maintain a 5-to-1 ratio of pleasant feelings to unpleasant, whereas relationships with a 1-to-1 ratio have a far greater chance of ending in divorce. Researching the effects of design on pleasure, it is believed that humans need three positive experiences to compensate for every bad one. So simply ...

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