How to search: Examples

Below are some illustrations of where to go on this site if you seek answers to questions about happiness

What is ‘happiness”?

Key textIntroductory text to the Bibliography, chapter 2 Concept of Happiness
LiteratureBibliography of Happiness: Subject section CONCEPTS OF HAPPINESS

Can happiness be measured?

Key text Diener, E. (1994 ) Assessing subjective well-being, Social Indicators Research, 31, 103 – 157
LiteratureBibliography of Happiness: Subject section MEASURES OF HAPPINESS >> Can happiness be measured?

How is happiness measured?

Key text Introductory text to the collection Measures of Happiness, chapter 3 Methods for Measuring Happiness and chapter 4 Accepted measures of happiness
LiteratureBibliography of Happiness: Subject section Measures of happiness >> Measures of overall happiness
CollectionsCollection Measures of Happiness, select characteristics

How happy are we?

Key textDiener, E. & Diener, C. ‘Most people are happy‘, Psychological Science, 1996, Vol. 7, 181 -185
LiteratureBibliography of happiness: Subject section PREVALENCE OF HAPPINESS >> Are people typically positive about their life?
CollectionsCollection Distributional Findings
Reports Happiness in Nations: Rank Report on Average Happiness

Do we get happier?

Key textRuut Veenhoven, Is life getting better? How long and happy do people live in modern society?
LiteratureBibliography of happiness: Subject section PREVALENCE OF HAPPINESS >> Change in happiness over time
CollectionsCollection Distributional Findings
ReportsHappiness in Nations: Trend Report on Average Happiness

In what conditions are we most happy?

Key textRuut Veenhoven: What we know about happiness
LiteratureBibliography of Happiness: Subject subject section CORRELATES OF HAPPINESS
CollectionsCollection Correlational Findings

What are the consequences of enjoying life or not?

Key textLyubomirsky, S. et. al. The benefits of Frequent Positive Affect, Psychological Bulletin, 2005, Vol. 131, 803 – 855
LiteratureBibliography of Happiness: Subject section Consequences of happiness
CollectionCollection Correlational Findings Each subject category starts with a section on ‘development’ and in that section you will always find a subsection called ‘Later’. For example in the subject category ‘Coping’ contains a sub-category ‘Later coping’ with findings on the relation between earlier happiness and later coping.
In this collection you can also select findings observed in follow-up of the same persons over time, i.e. longitudinal.