Journal of Happiness Studies

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

The Journal of Happiness Studies is a peer reviewed scientific journal devoted to subjective well-being. It covers both cognitive evaluations of life (like life-satisfaction) and affective enjoyment of life (such as mood level). Next to contributions on appraisal of life-as-a-whole the journal accepts contributions on life domains (such as job-satisfaction) and life-aspects (such as perceived meaning of life). The Journal of Happiness Studies provides a forum for two main traditions in happiness research: 1) speculative reflection on the good life and 2) empirical investigation of subjective well-being. Contributions from all sciences are welcomed: alpha-sciences (in particular philosophy) beta-sciences (especially health related quality-of-life research) and gamma-sciences (not only psychology and sociology but also economy). Leading questions concern the conceptualization measurement prevalence explanation evaluation imagination and study of happiness. Leading Questions: Conceptualisation : What meanings are denoted by terms like happiness and subjective well being How do these fit in with broader conceptions of the good life Measurement : In what ways can we assess how people feel about life What are the best measures for what purposes Can scores be compared between individuals and across time and culture Prevalence : How do people feel about life Are there systematic differences across social categories culture and time Explanation : What goes on in people when they appraise their life Which mental and neural processes are involved What conditions foster a positive appreciation of life How are these effects mediated Why do we feel good or bad What is the use of going through life-appraisals Evaluation : What are the consequences of enjoyng life or not Is happiness a worthwhile goal for therapy and social policy Imagination : How is happiness portrayed in arts and fiction What does the public think of it Do beliefs fit reality How do policy makers think of happiness Do their beliefs matter Does imagination affect appraisals of life Study : How has the study of happiness developed Can we link philosophical thought and empirical research

Current impact factor: 1.88

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Website Journal of Happiness Studies website
Other titles Journal of happiness studies (Online)
ISSN 1389-4978
OCLC 44554714
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: We study how life satisfaction among adult Swedes is influenced by having access to a cash margin, i.e. a moderate amount of money that could be acquired on short notice either through own savings, by loan from family or friends, or by other means. We find that cash margin is a strong and robust predictor of life satisfaction, also when controlling for individual fixed-effects and socio-economic conditions, including income. Since it shows not to matter whether cash margin comes from own savings or with help from family members, this measure captures something beyond wealth.
    Journal of Happiness Studies 12/2015; 16(6):1557-1573. DOI:10.1007/s10902-014-9575-7
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    ABSTRACT: If I agree to do a job for a friend for $100, my friend and I would get very upset if someone else would put his hands on our shoulders, telling us that he wants a 20 % Value Added Tax and 25 % Income Tax of the remaining $80, $40 altogether. Perhaps we would cool down a bit if he would be a nice guy and if he would tell us some reasonable story about all the good things he wants to do with our money. But we would still be rather upset and critical. Benjamin Radcliff however, argues that there is a positive relation between the size of governments, as expressed in expenditures and taxation, and average happiness in nations. His conclusion is counterintuitive but nevertheless convincing, in particular by his excellent statistical analysis of available data. His argument would have been even more convincing, if he would have focused a bit more on his key-problem: poverty and financial insecurity in free-market societies. This problem can be solved by a gradual introduction of a basic income, in combination with more political attention for the distribution of labour in society. Work has to be done by somebody! He also should have paid more attention to the quality of governments as a necessary condition for his argument, and he should have acknowledged that even a small government can be very effective. Big government is neither required nor sufficient for happiness! In this article Radcliff’s argument will be summarized first, followed by some critical comments.
    Journal of Happiness Studies 12/2015; 16(6):1639-1647. DOI:10.1007/s10902-014-9576-6

  • Journal of Happiness Studies 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10902-015-9695-8
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    ABSTRACT: Drawing on unique survey data for rural Pakistan, we estimate a happiness model to explore to what extent an economic perspective adds to our understanding of subjective wellbeing poverty. The data elicits information on subjective well-being in general and particularly on financial well-being in terms of household’s happiness with the current income or expenditure. We find that the well-being approach closely depicts the idea of well-being poverty in terms of the level education, health and income which matter significantly. Moreover unlike developed nations this study suggests a positive impact of children on well-being and poverty due to their productive contribution. As studies employing good data from developing countries are rare, this paper can potentially make a good contribution to the existing happiness literature, with special reference to Pakistan. Secondly, it brings new and strong empirical evidence to alternative approaches to subjective well-being poverty.
    Journal of Happiness Studies 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10902-015-9691-z
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    ABSTRACT: Daily negative events (hassles) and positive events (uplifts) have an impact on our subjective well-being, and how we react to those events (e.g., negatively ruminating by reflecting on the difficulties that come with hassles, positively ruminating by reflecting on the good aspects of uplifts) often has additional influence. However, little is known about the use of positive and negative rumination in combination. Using data from 469 adults, we examined retrospective accounts of negative and positive rumination about specific hassles and uplifts in reference to a 24-h period. Although differences in rumination were not observed across various domains (e.g., work, family, health), profiles emerged in relation to valence. Specifically, we identified four profiles of rumination: Non-Ruminators (39 %), Multivalence Ruminators (10 %), Positive Ruminators (26 %) and Negative Ruminators (24 %). Neither age nor gender systematically related to rumination profile. We further examined whether the associations among hassles, uplifts and well-being outcomes differed across these profiles. Results suggested few differences in the structural relations across the profiles, although the strength of associations was stronger for Negative Ruminators than Positive Ruminators. Results are discussed in terms of the robustness of effects of hassles and uplifts on subjective well-being across individual difference variables.
    Journal of Happiness Studies 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10902-015-9693-x
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    ABSTRACT: This paper aims to estimate the effects of the extent of social connections or relationships on an individual’s subjective well-being. The study uses the life satisfaction valuation approach, which involves estimation of the life satisfaction equation and the shadow pricing method, to put price tags on or calculate the monetary values of life satisfaction gained through social connections, relationships and health conditions. An individual’s life satisfaction, the extent of the social activities in which he or she is involved, and the individual’s health condition are subjectively measured in the nationwide Survey on Life Satisfaction among Thai people in 2012. We found that the top three social involvements that increase life satisfaction among the Thai people are interacting with neighbours frequently, participating in community religious activities all the time and participating in community cultural activities all the time. Frequencies of social interactions matter to the individual’s level of life satisfaction. An individual with good health condition tends to report a higher level of life satisfaction. Using the shadow pricing method, we found that the shadow price of having frequent face-to-face interaction with neighbours is approximately 0.51 times the monthly per capita income. The value of participating in community religious activities all the time is approximately 0.49 times the average monthly income. The value of participating in community cultural activities all the time is approximately 0.47 times the monthly income. Having good health condition has the largest effect on life satisfaction: a move from having very poor health to having good health is worth approximately 1.05 times the average monthly income.
    Journal of Happiness Studies 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10902-015-9690-0
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    ABSTRACT: Personality traits and self-efficacy have been shown to predict subjective well-being, but the two predictors have rarely been investigated together and it remains unknown whether personality traits and self-efficacy are associated with life satisfaction through affect. In the present study, a total of 318 college freshmen in China were administered a battery of questionnaires that assessed Big Five personality traits, generalized self-efficacy, positive and negative affect, and life satisfaction. Results from path analyses (AMOS) indicated that generalized self-efficacy mediated the relationship of extraversion, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism to positive affect. Furthermore, the association between self-efficacy and life satisfaction was fully mediated by positive affect. However, the regression coefficient for self-efficacy on positive affect was low and self-efficacy was not predictive of negative affect. Contrary to expectations, self-efficacy was of limited value in the prediction of subjective well-being. The current study may help explain how personality operates with self-efficacy and affect to predict life satisfaction in Chinese college freshmen.
    Journal of Happiness Studies 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10902-015-9682-0

  • Journal of Happiness Studies 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10902-015-9681-1

  • Journal of Happiness Studies 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10902-015-9680-2

  • Journal of Happiness Studies 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10902-015-9678-9

  • Journal of Happiness Studies 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10902-015-9674-0