Key literature on happiness


Reviews of research on happiness

  • Diener, E., Suh, E.M., Lucas, R.E. & Smith, H.L.(1999)
    Subjectieve well-being: three decades of progress
    Psychological Bulletin, vol. 125, pp 276-301, ISSN 0033 2909 
  • Diener, E. & Suh, E.M. eds. (2000)
    Culture and subjective wellbeing
    MIT Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, USA, 355 pages, ISBN 0-262-04182-0 
  • Kahneman, D., Diener, E. & Schwarz, E. eds. (1999)
    Well-being, The foundations of hedonic psychology
    Russel Sage Foundation, New York, 593 pages, ISBN 0-87154-424-5
  • Myers, D.G. (1992)
    The pursuit of happiness. Who is happy and why?
    Morrow, New York USA, ISBN 0 688 10550 5
  • Strack, F., Argyle, M. & Schwartz, N (eds) (1991)
    Subjective well-being: An interdisciplinairy perspective
    Pergamon Press, London UK, 291 pages ISBN 0 08 037264 3
  • Veenhoven, R.(1984)
    Conditions of happiness
    Kluwer academic, Dordrecht Netherlands, 1984, 461 pages, ISBN 90 277 1792 3
    contents + chapter abstracts

Epidemiology of happiness

  • Andrews, F.M. & Withey, S.B.(1976)
    Social indicators of wellbeing: American perceptions of quality-of-life
    Plenum Press, New York USA, ISBN 0 306 30935 1
  • Bradburn, N.M. (1969)
    The structure of psychological wellbeing
    Aldine Publishing,  Chicago USA
  • Cantril, A.H.(1965)
    The pattern of human concern
    Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ USA
  • Campbell, A., Converse, P.E. & Rodgers, W.L.(1976)
    The quality of American life: perceptions, evaluations and satisfactions
    Russel Sage Foundation,  New York USA, ISBN 0 87154 194 7

Psychology of happiness

  • Headey, B. & Wearing, A. (1992)
    Understanding happiness. A theory of subjective wellbeing
    Longman Cheshire, Melbourne Australia,  ISBN 0 582 87508 0
  • Kahneman, D, Diener, E. & Schwarz, N eds. (1999)
    Wellbeing: The foundations of hedonic psychology
    Russel Sage Foundation, New York, 593 pages, ISBN 0-87154-424-5
  • Wessman, A.E. & Ricks, D.F.(1966)
    Mood and personality
    Holt, Rhinehart & Winston, New York, USA

Philosophy of happiness

  • Barrow, R. (1980)
    Martin Robertson, Oxford UK, ISBN 0 85520 266 1 
  • Tatarkiewicz, W.(1975)
    Analysis of happiness
    Nijhoff,  The Hague Netherlands, ISBN 90 247 1807 4
  • Haybron, D.M. (2011)
    Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy

Sociology of happiness ideas

  • Bellebaum, A. & Barheier, K. eds (2000)
    Views on happiness in early sociology
    Journal of Happiness Studies, vol 1, nr 4, special issue.
    Shortened version of book in German: Gluecksvorstellungen: Ein Rueckgriff in die Geschichte der Soziologie, Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen, Germany, 1997, ISBN 3-531-12985-6
  • Cazeneuve, J.(1962)
    Bonheur et Civilisation (Happiness and civilisation)
    Editions Michiel Brieut, Paris, France
  • Mauzi, R. (1960)
    L’ideologie du bonheur dans la literature et la pensee du 18e sciecle
    (Ideology of happiness in literature and thought of the 18th century)
    Librairie Armand Colin, Paris, France
  • Rostvig, M.S.(1962)
    The happy man. Studies in the metamorfosis of a classical ideal
    Norvegian University Press, Oslo, Norway

More literature can be found in the Bibliography of Happiness