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Designing Positive PsychologyTaking Stock and Moving Forward$
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Kennon M. Sheldon, Todd B. Kashdan, and Michael F. Steger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373585

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.001.0001

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Greater Happiness for a Greater Number

Greater Happiness for a Greater Number

Is That Possible? If So, How?

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(p.396) 26 Greater Happiness for a Greater Number
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Designing Positive Psychology
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Ruut Veenhoven

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.003.0026

Positive psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning. Happiness is not the same as optimal functioning but is a closely related phenomenon. Happiness is a major manifestation of optimal functioning, since we are hard-wired to feel good when functioning well. Happiness is also a determinant of optimal functioning, since happiness “broadens” our behavioral repertoire and “builds” resources. Consequently, happiness is a major topic in positive psychology. This chapter first deals with the question as to whether greater happiness is possible, and does so by taking stock of the available evidence. It then addresses the question of how happiness can be furthered, and this requires a look ahead.

Keywords:   happiness, positive psychology, optimal functioning, greater happiness

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