How to add your work

If you consider your work relevant to this database of happiness, please send a copy to the address below. ‘Grey’ papers are also welcomed.

All scientific work on happiness defined as the subjective enjoyment of one’s life-as-a-whole will be included in the Bibliography. We will check whether the paper involves information about happiness in this sense, rather than something else. For our definition of happiness look at Concept of happiness.

Results of empirical work will also be summarized in the finding collections, provided that the measures of happiness used fit the concept of happiness. This selection is explained in chapter 4 of the Introductory text to the collection of Happiness Measures: Accepted Measures. A list of all accepted measures will appear if you open the search screen of the collection of Happiness Measures.

If acceptable with respect to at least one of the measures of happiness used, each of the research findings yielded with that measure is eligible for entry in the database. This involves description of each finding on a separate ‘finding page’ in a standard format and using a standard terminology as explained here.

Not all the findings on happiness that are eligible for inclusion have been entered at present, since we cannot keep up with the growing stream of research reports. For this reason we are moving towards a Wiki-like approach in which external research associates will help to keep the archive up-to-date on their topic of interest.

You can secure inclusion of your findings if you enter them yourself. You can do that using a ‘Finding Notation Form’ which can be downloaded from here. This is a Word document, from which we can copy/paste your entries. More efficient direct entry via internet is possible only for associated researchers.

Though possible, entering your findings by yourself is not advisable. The standardized description of research findings used has many rules that take time to master. Self-entry will also require considerable correction of input from our part. We prefer that you have us do the job for pay as explained here.

Contact: Prof. Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization, POB 1738, NL3000 DR Rotterdam, Netherlands, Email: