Focusing lllusion

A series of studies showed that people’s evaluations of their overall happiness are biased by their responses to previous questions about dating, marriage, health, income… 

The questions about specific aspects of their life caused them to focus on them, which shaped their perceptions and influenced their overall happiness rating.

When we consider the impact of a single factor on our well-being, we are prone to exaggerate its importance. 

See the full study here :

Kahneman, D., Krueger, A. B., Schkade, D., Schwarz, N., & Stone, A. A. (2006). Would you be happier if you were richer? A focusing illusion. science, 312(5782), 1908-1910. 

Want to know more about biases?

Focusing Illusion

Mere-Exposure Effect

Choice-Supportive Bias

Projection Bias