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date: 29 March 2017

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The science of happiness has come a long way since its birth in the early twentieth century. The chapters collected in the present section of The Oxford Handbook of Happiness testify to the huge improvement in thinking and understanding that has developed in happiness research over the last 50 years. Cutting-edge research on well-being, positive emotions, evaluations, flow, interventions, endowment, life satisfaction, and the causes and consequences of human happiness are presented by leading scholars of the field. Together the chapters exemplify how the scientific study of happiness contributes knowledge to the most important endeavor of our time: gaining reliable insights that may assist in the effort of developing a better world.

Keywords: happiness, quality of life, the good life, wellness, life satisfaction, subjective well-being, hedonic well-being, eudaimonic well-being, flourishing

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