Abstract and Keywords
Psychological research has often neglected the role of society in shaping people’s experiences. Society-level determinants of mental states are harder to isolate and study than the individual-level determinants. But perhaps more importantly, whilst psychologists and psychiatrists may be able to alleviate suffering and promote happiness in individuals, the job of shaping the conditions that led to happiness or unhappiness in the first place typically falls to others: policy-makers, business people, community leaders, advertisers, and so on. This section of The Oxford Handbook of Happiness considers the relationship between happiness and various aspect of society: economics, public policy, geography, consumerism, and environmental sustainability.
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