The Evolution of Happiness: Development of Happiness from its Birth to its Contemporary Manifestations

  • Luka ZevnikEmail author


Chapter 7 briefly outlines the development from the birth of happiness to its contemporary manifestations. By introducing the concept of compulsory happiness—the modern imperative to be happy—it provides a point of departure for a critical approach to contemporary manifestations of happiness. As an example of the latter it analyzes modern consumer culture which is depicted as the dominant strategy of happiness in contemporary western societies than needs to be critically reflected.


Compulsory happiness Happiness and consumer culture Happiness and materialism Critique of happiness History of happiness Evolution of happiness Happiness as a disciplinary practice 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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