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Stability of Happiness: Theories and Evidence on Whether Happiness Can Change

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The right to "pursue happiness" is one of the dominant themes of western culture, and understanding the causes of happiness is one of the primary goals of the positive psychology movement. However, before the causality question can even be considered, a more basic question must be addressed: CAN happiness change? Reasons for skepticism include the notion of a "genetic set point" for happiness, i.e. a stable personal baseline of happiness to which individuals will always return, no matter how much their lives change for the better; the life-span stability of happiness-related traits such as neuroticism and extraversion; and the powerful processes of hedonic adaptation, which erode the positive effects of any fortuitous life change. This book investigates prominent theories on happiness with the research evidence to discuss when and how happiness changes and for how long.

  • Identifies all major theories of happiness
  • Reviews empirical results on happiness longevity/stability
  • Discusses mitigating factors in what influences happiness longevity

Product Specifications

Binding
Kindle Edition
Creator
  • Kennon M Sheldon
  • Richard E. Lucas
Edition
1
EISBN
9780124105386
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
Academic Press
Languages
  • English Published
Manufacturer
Academic Press
NumberOfPages
334
ProductGroup
eBooks
ProductTypeName
ABIS_EBOOKS
PublicationDate
2014-07-08
Publisher
Academic Press
ReleaseDate
2014-07-08
Studio
Academic Press
Title
Stability of Happiness: Theories and Evidence on Whether Happiness Can Change
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