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Overview of Happiness Research

  • Luka ZevnikEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter provides a condensed overview of the major approaches for the research of happiness and illuminates their main characteristics. As the study and research of happiness has expanded greatly since the 1970s, this overview includes a wide variety of theories, methodologies, research topics and discussions taken from the fields of philosophy (art of living and utilitarism), psychology (positive psychology), sociology (empirical happiness research), economics (happiness economics) and the relatively new field of happiness studies.

Keywords

Art of living Positive psychology Life satisfaction Happiness studies Empirical happiness research Subjective well-being SWB Eudaimonic well-being EWB Happiness economics Utilitarism Public hapiness Communal happiness 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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