Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth

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Utilizing sophisticated methodology and three decades of researchby the world's leading expert on happiness, Happinesschallenges the present thinking of the causes and consequences ofhappiness and redefines our modern notions of happiness.
  • shares the results of three decades of research on our notionsof happiness
  • covers the most important advances in our understanding ofhappiness
  • offers readers unparalleled access to the world's leadingexperts on happiness
  • provides "real world" examples that will resonate with generalreaders as well as scholars

Winner of the 2008 PSP Prose Award for Excellence inPsychology, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division ofthe Association of American Publishers

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About the author

Ed Diener. Ph.D., is the Joseph R. Smiley Professor ofPsychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He isalso a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization.

Robert Biswas-Diener, Program Director at the Center forApplied Positive Psychology (UK) and part-time lecturer at PortlandState University, lives in Milwaukie, Oregon. He is known as the“Indiana Jones of positive psychology” for his researchon subjective well-being in remote cultures around the world.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Sep 7, 2011
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781444356557
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Language
English
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Genres
Psychology / General
Psychology / Social Psychology
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Major Theoretical Questions Theories about subjective well-being have grown over the past several decades, but have been re ned only slowly as adequate data have been compiled to test them. We can characterize the theories describing happiness along several dimensions. The rst dimension is whether the theory places the locus of happiness in external conditions such as income and status, as many sociological theories do, or within the attitudes and temperament of the individual, as many psychological theories do. Some have maintained that people adapt to all circumstances over time, so that only individual personality matters for producing happiness, whereas others believe that economicandothersocietalfactorsarethedominantforcesinproducingwell-being. Throughout my writings there is a mix of both the internal and external factors that in uence well-being. A second dimension that characterizes scholarship on well-being is the issue of whether the factors affecting well-being are relative or absolute. That is, are there standards used by people at all times and places in judging their lives and in reacting to events? Or are standards dependent on what other people possess, on expec- tions,andonadaptationlevelsbasedonpastcircumstances?Again,thereisevidence supporting the role of both universal and relative standards. People around the globe are probably in uenced by common factors such as friendship versus loneliness, but even these universal in uences on happiness are probably subject to some degree of comparison depending on what the person is used to and what others have. However, some factors might be much more comparative than other in uences, as Hsee, Yang, Li, and Shen (in press) have described.
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