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date: 23 July 2017

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One of the empirical findings in the scientific literature on happiness that would not be disputed is the association between close relationships and happiness. The chapters in this section, written by experts in their respective fields, address the relationships–happiness link from different perspectives (e.g., attachment, social support) and focus different types of close relationships (e.g., romantic relationships, friendships) by providing an authoritative review and discussion of current theoretical and methodological issues. The chapter first highlights some of the major advances observed in our understanding of the association between close relationships and happiness in the last three decades. Next, the chapters in this section (relationships and happiness) are introduced. Finally, several suggestions for future research are provided and specific questions that require further attention from scholars are highlighted.

Keywords: attachment, close relationships, current debates, friendship, happiness, relationship quality, romantic relationships, social support, future directions

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