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Journal of Happiness Studies

Journal of Happiness Studies

An Interdisciplinary Forum on Subjective Well-Being

Editor-in-Chief: Antonella Delle Fave

ISSN: 1389-4978 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-7780 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10902

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Antonella Delle Fave

Universita Degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Fisiopatologia Medico-Chirurgica e dei Trapianti, Milano, Italia

Stephanie Rossouw, 
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Talita Greyling, University of Johannesburg, South-Africa
Milena Nikolova, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Jack Bauer,
University of Dayton, USA
Daiva Daukantaite, Lund University, Sweden
Fabian Gander, University of Zurich, Switzerland 
Amy Gentzler, West Virginia University, USA
Shiri Lavy, University of Haifa, Israel
Despina Moraitou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Tatjana Schnell, Leopold-Franzens-University, Austria
Marié P. Wissing, North-West University, South Africa;

David Bartram,
University of Leicester, UK


Alex C. Michalos
Brandon University, Faculty of Arts, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Ruut Veenhoven
Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Richard A. Easterlin
University of Southern California, USA
Robert A. Cummins
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Book Review Editor:

Jan Ott
Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Editorial Board:

A. Ahrens, American University, Washington, USA; M.Bassi, University of Milano, Italy; R. Biswas-Diener, Centre for Applied Positive Psychology, Milwaukee, USAF. Botha, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South-Africa;  B. Brülde, Göteborg University, Sweden; Michael Busseri, Brock University, Canada; F. Casas Aznar, University of Girona, SpainA. Clark, PSE (Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques), France; J. Delhey, Otto-von-Guericke-University, Germany; M. Demir, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaf, USA; A.M. Dockery, Curtin University of Technology, Australia; B. Fowers, University of Miami, USA; R. Gilman, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA; W. Glatzer, J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany; Gonzalo Hervás Torres, Complutense University, Spain S. Huebner, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA; V. Huta, University of Ottawa, Canada; C. Kenny, World Bank, Washington, USA; T. Ketelaar, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, USA; C. Kim-Prieto, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, USA; F. Kong, Shaanxi Normal University, China; H. Lench, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA; R. Lucas, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA; S. Lyubomirsky, University of California, Riverside, USA; A. Macleod, Royal Holloway University of London, UK; P. Mayring, Institut für Psychologie der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria; A. Miron, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, USA; V. Möller, Rhodes University, South Africa; T. Moum, University of Oslo, Norway; H.E. Nafstad, University of Oslo, Norway; W. Ruch, University of Zürich, Switzerland; R.M. Ryan, Australian Catholic School, Australia; S.E. Schulenberg, The University of Mississippi, USA; M.J. Sirgy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, USA; M. Steger, University of Louisville, USA; A. Stutzer, University of Basel, Switzerland; S. Suldo, University of South Florida, USA; H. Tiliouine, University of Oran, Algeria; B.M.S. van Praag, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; R.J. Vallerand, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada;  C. Vazquez, Complutense University, Spain.

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    The peer-reviewed Journal of Happiness Studies is devoted to scientific understanding of subjective well-being. Coverage includes both cognitive evaluations of life such as life-satisfaction, and affective enjoyment of life, such as mood level. In addition to contributions on appraisal of life-as-a-whole, the journal accepts papers on such life domains as job-satisfaction, and such life-aspects as the 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 span a broad range of disciplines: alpha-sciences, philosophy in particular; beta-sciences, especially investigations about the biological and physiological correlates of happiness and well-being; and gamma-sciences, including not only psychology and sociology but also economics.
    The journal addresses the conceptualization, measurement, prevalence, explanation, evaluation, imagination and study of happiness.

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

    Leading Questions:

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

    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?

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

    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?

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

    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?

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

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