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Aims and Scope: Journal of Happiness Studies

The Journal of Happiness Studies is a peer reviewed scientific journal devoted to subjective well-being. It covers both cognitive evaluations of life (like life-satisfaction), and affective enjoyment of life (such as mood level). Next to contributions on appraisal of life-as-a-whole, the journal accepts contributions on life domains (such as job-satisfaction) and life-aspects (such as perceived meaning of life).

The Journal of Happiness Studies provides a forum for two main traditions in happiness research: 1) speculative reflection on the good life, and 2) empirical investigation of subjective well-being. Contributions from all sciences are welcomed: alpha-sciences (in particular philosophy), beta-sciences (especially health related quality-of-life research) and gamma-sciences (not only psychology and sociology, but also economy).

Leading questions concern the conceptualization, measurement, prevalence, explanation, evaluation, imagination and study of happiness.

Leading Questions:

Conceptualization:
What meanings are denoted by terms like happiness and subjective well-being?
How do these fit in with broader conceptions of the good life?

Measurement:
In what ways can we assess how people feel about life?
What are the best measures for what purposes?
Can scores be compared between individuals and across time and culture?

Prevalence:
How do people feel about life?
Are there systematic differences across social categories, culture and time?

Explanation:
What goes on in people when they appraise their life? Which mental and neural processes are involved?
What conditions foster a positive appreciation of life?
How are these effects mediated?
Why do we feel good or bad? What is the use of going through life-appraisals?

Evaluation:
What are the consequences of enjoying life or not?
Is happiness a worthwhile goal for therapy and social policy?

Imagination:
How is happiness portrayed in arts and fiction?
What does the public think of it? Do beliefs fit reality?
How do policy makers think of happiness? Do their beliefs matter?
Does imagination affect appraisals of life?

Study:
How has the study of happiness developed?
Can we link philosophical thought and empirical research?