Stability of Happiness

Stability of Happiness

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The right to qpursue happinessq is one of the dominant themes of western culture, and understanding the causes of happiness is one of the primary goals of the positive psychology movement. However, before the causality question can even be considered, a more basic question must be addressed: CAN happiness change? Reasons for skepticism include the notion of a qgenetic set pointq for happiness, i.e. a stable personal baseline of happiness to which individuals will always return, no matter how much their lives change for the better; the life-span stability of happiness-related traits such as neuroticism and extraversion; and the powerful processes of hedonic adaptation, which erode the positive effects of any fortuitous life change. This book investigates prominent theories on happiness with the research evidence to discuss when and how happiness changes and for how long. Identifies all major theories of happiness Reviews empirical results on happiness longevity/stability Discusses mitigating factors in what influences happiness longevityIvana Anusic Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA Christina Armenta University of California, Riverside, ... IL, USA; The Gallup Organization Richard A. Easterlin University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA Michael Eidanbsp;...

Title:Stability of Happiness
Author:Kennon M Sheldon, Richard E. Lucas
Publisher:Elsevier - 2014-07-08


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