Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 9, Iss. 1, January, 2005, pp. 23-36
@2005 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences


Dynamical Models of Happiness

J. C. Sprott, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Abstract: A sequence of models for the time evolution of one’s happiness in response to external events is described. These models with added nonlinearities can produce stable oscillations and chaos even without external events. Potential implications for psychotherapy and a personal approach to life are discussed.

Keywords: happiness, hedonics, differential equations, chaos, van der Pol equation