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date: 22 July 2017

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How humans develop, maintain, and change their levels of happiness has been of interest to social and philosophical researchers for millennia. This section focuses on the research of happiness over time, reflecting on evolutionary perspectives, epidemiological research, and experimental findings in order to give readers insight to the current perspectives on the development, stability, and change of happiness. It challenges the concept of a happiness set point through the research undertaken by leading experts in the field of positive psychology, providing evidence that under some circumstances and through participation in certain activities, we can alter our happiness for the long term.

Keywords: happiness, evolutionary psychology, set-point theory, meaning, eudaimonic happiness

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