Abstract and Keywords
The introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Happiness establishes a clear need for this edited multidisciplinary volume, by arguing that the study of happiness lies at the center of four major scientific developments: those in the field of positive psychology; biological and neuroscientific advances in the study of affect; positive organizational scholarship; and the recent establishment of national indicators of well-being in several countries. It further identifies distinguishing features of the volume that include up-to-date scientific advances, comprehensibility and inclusivity, multidisciplinary authorship, a combination of a scientific and applied focus, and scholarly but accessible language. The final part of the chapter offers a brief overview of the handbook sections ranging from psychological, philosophical, spiritual, social policy, organizational, relational, life-course, educational, and applied perspectives, through to happiness definitions.
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