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A Concept to Enhance Happiness


Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 63)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Bernhard Schmitz
    Pages 45-91
  3. Bernhard Schmitz
    Pages 109-174
  4. Bernhard Schmitz
    Pages 175-196

About this book


This volume examines the questions of what constitutes a good life and how one can achieve happiness and well-being, and analyses different ways in which people can strive for a good life.  First, it presents an overview on important concepts in psychology that are related to living a good life. Then, a new approach is introduced: the concept of art-of-living as a holistic way to reach happiness. Empirical studies are reported involving a questionnaire for measuring art-of-living, and the validity of the questionnaire is demonstrated with respect to a wide range of concepts. In addition, the volume provides results from empirical studies, showing that, and how, art-of-living and happiness can be enhanced. Several intervention studies are described in detail, which have been performed with different groups of subjects, including pupils, university students and employees. Also, results of interviews are summarized, which were held with people who had been nominated as exemplary artists-of-living. The volume concludes with a description of art-of-living in autobiographies, and presents suggestions for further research with respect to art-of-living.


Art of Living and Positive Psychology Art of Living and Well-Being Art of Living and the Good Life Art of Living and Flourishing Reaching Happiness and Well-Being Measuring Art of Living Psychological Well-Being Enhancing Happiness Art of Living and Intervention Studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for PsychologyDarmstadt University of TechnologyDarmstadtGermany

About the authors

Bernhard Schmitz,  Prof. Dr., holds a full professorship at the department of psychology of the University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany.
He studied mathematics at the university of Düsseldorf and psychology at the University of Technology (TU) Berlin. Both studies he finished with a diploma.
He got his doctoral degree at the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and his habilitation at the TU Berlin. He worked for more than 20 years at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development in Berlin, former directors P.M. Roeder, Paul B. Baltes and J. Baumert.
The research of B. Schmitz deals with trainings in self-regulation, diaries and time-series analyses and, now with positive psychology, especially with art-of-living.
He published numerous articles and books about time-series and self-regulation. He is member of the editorial board of “Metacognition and Learning” and “Learning and Instruction”. He was for four years editor of the most important German psychological journal “Psychologische Rundschau”.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Art-of-Living
  • Book Subtitle A Concept to Enhance Happiness
  • Authors Bernhard Schmitz
  • Series Title Social Indicators Research Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Social Indicators Res.Ser.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-45323-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83267-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-45324-8
  • Series ISSN 1387-6570
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-0099
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 196
  • Number of Illustrations 23 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Positive Psychology
    Quality of Life Research
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