Light Therapy III

Philips Color Blaze Lights


Happiness and economy
GDP and Happiness
Average Level of Satisfaction in 10 European Countries: Explanation of Differences 
Is Unemployment more Costly than Inflation?
The Effects of Age and Job Protection on the Welfare Costs of Inflation and Unemployment
Adaptation or Social Comparison? The Effects of Income on Happiness
How has the Recession Affected our Happiness?
Subjective Well-Being in 97 Countries
Boon or Bane? Others unemployment, well-being and job insecurity
Reversing the Question: Does Happiness Affect Individual Economic Behaviour? Evidence from Survey Data from Netherlands
Does Economic Growth Improve Human a Lot? Some Empirical Evidence
Sustainable Consumption and Happiness


Happiness and Climate
Weather as a Transient Influence on Survey-Reported Satisfaction with Life
Subjective Well-Being and the Impact of Climate Change
Weather and Financial Risk Taking: Is Happiness the Channel?
The Impact of Climate on Life Satisfaction
Good Day Sunshine: Stock Returns and the Weather


Happiness and society


Happiness overall


People associate lighting conditions with warmer color temperature with more social situations
– Biner, P. M., Butler, D. L., Fischer, A. R., & Westergren, A. J. (1989). An arousal optimization model of lighting level preferences: An interaction of social situation and task demands. Environment and Behavior, 21, 3-16.
– Butler, D. L., & Biner, P. M. (1987). Preferred lighting levels: Variability among settings, behaviors, and individuals.Environment and Behavior, 19, 695-721.
– Flynn, J. E. (1977). A study of subjective responses to low energy and nonuniform lighting systems. Lighting Design and Application, 7, 6-15


Physical warmth correlates with warm and social interactions
– IJzerman, H., & Semin, G. R. (2009). The thermometer of social relations: mapping social proximity on temperature.Psychological Science, 20, 1214-1220
– Zhong, C.-B., & Leonardelli, G.J. (2008). Cold and lonely: Does social exclusion literally feel cold? Psychological Science, 19, 838–842.
– Williams, L.E., & Bargh, J.A. (2008). Experiencing physical warmth promotes interpersonal warmth. Science, 322, 606–607.


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