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Happiness—Concept, Measurement and Promotion

Authors: Ng, Yew-Kwang

  • Provides an intuitive definition of happiness and explores several fallacies concerning happiness in a way understandable to the general public
  • Combines interdisciplinary (economic, psychological, sociological, evolutionary biology, neuroscience) knowledge to promote happiness at the individual and social levels
  • Discusses openly controversial issues like brain stimulation of pleasure centers and the East Asian happiness gap
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This open access book defines happiness intuitively and explores several common conceptual mistakes with regard to happiness. It then moves on to address topical issues including, but not limited to, whether money can buy you happiness, why happiness is ultimately the only thing of intrinsic value, and the various factors important for happiness. It also presents a more reliable and interpersonally comparable method for measuring happiness and discusses twelve factors, from A to L, that are crucial for individual happiness: attitude, balance, confidence, dignity, engagement, family/friends, gratitude, health, ideals, joyfulness, kindness and love. Further, it examines important public policy considerations, taking into account recent advances in economics, the environmental sciences, and happiness studies. Novel issues discussed include: an environmentally responsible happy nation index to supplement GDP, the East Asian happiness gap, a case for stimulating pleasure centres of the brain, and an argument for higher public spending.

About the authors

Yew-Kwang Ng is Special Chair Professor at the School of Economics, Fudan University, Shanghai, and Emeritus Professor with Monash University. He is in the Advisory Board of the Global Priorities Institute at Oxford University and was invited to deliver the inaugural Atkinson Memorial Lecture in 2018 at Oxford University. He has received many awards including the top award (Distinguished Fellow) of the Economic Society of Australia in 2007. 


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  • Due: July 31, 2021
  • ISBN 978-981-334-971-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Happiness—Concept, Measurement and Promotion
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-334-972-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-33-4972-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-334-971-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 258
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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