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date: 27 May 2017

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Happiness research is flourishing. But more articles and more books do not necessarily mean better research and enhanced understanding. Without proper theoretical conceptualizations of the mechanisms that generate a good life, the science of happiness will not move forward. Section II of The Oxford Handbook of Happiness therefore provides an important step towards further clarification of the main ideas, empirical results, and current thinking in happiness research. Written by leading scholars in the field, the chapters sharpen the essential contours in the science of well-being, they point out some bad ideas and dead ends, and offer suggestions as how the thinking in happiness may look like in the years to come.

Keywords: happiness, well-being, life satisfaction, hedonia, eudaimonia, definitions, concepts, theory, scientific progress

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