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How to search in the World Database of Happiness

Entries

Your can search in this database in two ways.

  1. One, you can search in the collections using the search options in the header of this screen. This allows detailed selections of the available information on happiness.
    • A search yields a selection of ‘pages’ that describe either a publication on happiness, a measure of happiness or a research finding.
    • This selection is presented in a table at the bottom of your search screen.
    • You can sort in the columns of the table, by clicking the arrows in the top row
    • Links to the selected ‘pages’ are at the right of each row in this table. Pages are used to present the information you are looking for.
    • Pages can be saved or printed. Pages have a unique internet address to which you can provide a link in your publications.
    • You can save a selection you made using the save-icon at the bottom right of the search screen, as you can see here
  2. You can also use the reports. These are easy to overview presentations taken from different collections, which you can print and cite.

Questions

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

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 textDiener, 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 textIntroductory 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.