The international peer-reviewed Journal of Happiness Studies is devoted to theoretical and applied advancements in all areas of well-being research. It covers topics referring to both the hedonic and eudaimonic perspectives characterizing well-being studies. The former includes the investigation of cognitive dimensions such as satisfaction with life, and positive affect and emotions. The latter includes the study of constructs and processes related to optimal psychological functioning, such as meaning and purpose in life, character strengths, personal growth, resilience, optimism, hope, and self-determination. In addition to contributions on appraisal of life-as-a-whole, the journal accepts papers investigating these topics in relation to specific domains, such as family, education, physical and mental health, and work. 

The journal provides a forum for three main areas in happiness research: 1) theoretical conceptualizations of well-being, happiness and the good life; 2) empirical investigation of well-being and happiness in different populations, contexts and cultures; 3) methodological advancements and development of new assessment instruments.

The journal addresses the conceptualization, operationalization and measurement of happiness and well-being dimensions, as well as the individual, socio-economic and cultural factors that may interact with them as determinants or outcomes.
 

An interdisciplinary journal devoted to the theoretical and applied advancements in all areas of well-being research

Examines both hedonic and eudaimonic perspectives characterizing well-being studies

Addresses the conceptualization, operationalization and measurement of happiness and well-being dimensions

Spans a broad range of disciplines

92% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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  • Antonella Delle Fave
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2.335 (2019)
Impact factor
3.373 (2019)
Five year impact factor
53 days
Submission to first decision
318 days
Submission to acceptance
709,702 (2020)
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