ISBN 9780415226653,The Psychology Of Happiness

The Psychology Of Happiness



Publication Year 2002

ISBN 9780415226653

ISBN-10 0415226651


Number of Pages 276 Pages
Language (English)

General analytical philosophy

This new edition provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of research into the nature of happiness. Drawing on research from sociology, physiology and economies as well as psychology, the author explores the nature of positive and negative emotions, and the psychological and cognitive processes involved in their generation. Accessible and wide-ranging coverage is provided on key issues such as: the measurement and study of happiness; the effect of friendship, marriage and other relationships on positive moods, happiness, mental and physical health; the effects of work, employment and leisure and the effects of money, class, and education. The importance of individual personality traits such as optimism, purpose in life, internal control and having the right kind of goals is also analysed. New to this edition is additional material on national differences, the role of humor, and the effect of religion. Finally the book discusses the practical application of research in this area, such as how happiness can be enhanced, and the effects of happiness on health, altruism and sociability. This definitive and thought-provoking work will be compulsive reading for students, researchers and the interested general reader.