Happiness obtainable from cookies can be represented by a negative parabola. It will increase until the optimal n cookies is reached, then begin to decrease (sick of the flavor, full, regret, etc) and will continue until it reduces overall happiness (get sick).
the happiness obtained is added to overall happiness. it is possible that the value from cookies is trivial compared to the magnitude (+or-) of happiness and it would be unnoticed. cookies will also fail to make you happy if the maximum value is less than your current negative magnitude.
disappointment has been observed to shrink the parabola, making cookies less effective. this can create a feedback loop which actually decreases happiness by shrinking the x-intercept below the number of cookies already eaten
@wynaut, this is honestly a lovely interpretation of diminishing marginal returns!
@wynaut, this is fake happiness science. The law of conservation of happiness clearly states that happiness can be neither created or destroyed. Only transferred from person to person
@BigJohnson86, that theory is specific to human to human interactions, fails to account for the magnitude of group/audience interactions, and is specific to happiness instead of the general emotional spectrum, though it does mention conversion.
There is potential happiness stored in the cookies which can be converted to internal happiness when introduced to the system, but it could also be lost to emotional entropy and/or converted to anger or sadness
As you can see, I'm somewhat of a scientist myself
@wynaut, according to studies the law still holds up as the happiness is taken from the guy who works in the factory making cookies but is not allowed to eat them. The transference is through the cookie he was unable to eat but you were
@BigJohnson86, what if the cookies are homade but I enjoy baking. And most cookie factories are almost completely automated, save for a couple qa and line managers. Does their happiness loss account for the happiness gained from the millions of cookies made during their shift? If an artist presents their work, is the net happiness not increased for each person that enjoys the piece, with a potential infinite happiness over time. Especially if the artist enjoys the appreciation as well. The theory breaks apart as more subjects are added to the system
@wynaut, the automation still requires some poor soul to stare wistfully at the thousands of cookies he inspects and that is why a single cookie cannot bring you happiness. You are only gaining a fraction of that mans happiness so many cookies are required to achieve notable happiness. But he slowly regains happiness as he leaves seeing them packaged as he knows the happiness loss you will suffer as you finish the box of cookies and balance is restored
@wynaut, you also have to factor in the effects of fluctuating blood sugar on hormone levels. It's gonna make things a lot worse, especially if you don't balance it with some protein and complex carbs.
It’s not the quantity, but the quality. Quit eating shït cookies and you’ll feel better after one
@DwayneTheCockJohnson, "It's not the quantity, but the quality. Quit eating shït cookies and you'll feel better after sex," is how I first read you comment. Keep the upvote, I guess.
It’s not 48 either, sooz.