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Happiness : Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth



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Utilizing sophisticated methodology and three decades of research by the world's leading expert on happiness, Happiness challenges the present thinking of the causes and consequences of happiness and redefines our modern notions of happiness. shares the results of three decades of research on our notions of happiness covers the most important advances in our understanding of happiness offers readers unparalleled access to the world's leading experts on happiness provides "real world" examples that will resonate with general readers as well as scholarsWinner of the 2008 PSP Prose Award for Excellence in Psychology, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers

Author Biography

Ed Diener. Ph.D., is the Joseph R. Smiley Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization.

Robert Biswas-Diener, Program Director at the Center for Applied Positive Psychology (UK) and part-time lecturer at Portland State University, lives in Milwaukie, Oregon. He is known as the “Indiana Jones of positive psychology” for his research on subjective well-being in remote cultures around the world.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Understanding True Wealthp. 1
Psychological Wealth: The Balanced Portfoliop. 3
Two Principles of Psychological Wealthp. 13
Happy People Function Betterp. 27
Health and Happinessp. 29
Happiness and Social Relationships: You Can't Do Without Themp. 47
Happiness at Work: It Pays To Be Happyp. 68
Causes of Happiness and Genuine Wealthp. 89
Can Money Buy Happiness?p. 91
Religion, Spirituality, and Happinessp. 112
The Happiest Places on Earth: Culture and Well-Beingp. 127
Nature and Nurture: Is There a Happiness Set Point, and Can You Change It?p. 145
Our Crystal Balls: Happiness Forecastingp. 165
Take AIM on Happiness: Attention, Interpretation, and Memoryp. 182
Putting It All Togetherp. 205
Yes, You Can Be Too Happyp. 207
Living Happily Ever Afterp. 221
Measuring Psychological Wealth: Your Well-Being Balance Sheetp. 234
Epilogue: About the Science of Happinessp. 244
Further Readingp. 254
Referencesp. 256
Indexp. 278
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