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Happiness

Shigehiro Oishi

in Psychology

ISBN: 9780199828340
Published online November 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199828340-0030
Happiness

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In psychological science, “subjective well-being” is the term most often used in place of the popular term “happiness.” Subjective well-being consists of a person’s cognitive and affective evaluations of his or her life rather than the momentary mood state of happiness. Although psychologists have been interested in subjective well-being since the inception of psychology in the late 19th century, systematic research on this topic did not begin until the late 1970s and the early 1980s. In the 1990s and 2000s several psychologists started using terms such as “psychological well-being” and “eudaimonia” in place of “subjective well-being” to emphasize the aspects of the good life that are not well captured by pleasure and pain (e.g., meaning in life and personal growth). The present bibliography provides a general overview of the scientific field of subjective and psychological well-being followed by a list of informative books and articles on key issues.

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Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Developmental Psychology ; Health Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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