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The Science of Well-Being

Felicia A. Huppert, Nick Baylis, and Barry Keverne


How much do we know about what makes people thrive and societies flourish? While a vast body of research has been dedicated to understanding problems and disorders, we know remarkably little about the positive aspects of life, the things that make life worth living. This volume heralds the emergence of a new field of science that endeavours to understand how individuals and societies thrive and flourish, and how this new knowledge can be applied to foster happiness, health and fulfillment, and institutions that encourage the development of these qualities. Taking a dynamic, cross-disciplinary ... More

Keywords: well-being, happiness, health, fulfilment, psychology, neuroscience, social science, economics, natural environment, behavioural sciences

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198567523
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567523.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Felicia A. Huppert, editor
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK

Nick Baylis, editor
Lecturer in Positive Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK

Barry Keverne, editor
University Professor and Fellow of King's College, University of Cambridge, UK

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Part 1 Evolution and development

Chapter 4* Successful ageing: from cell to self

Sonia J. Lupien, and Nathalie Wan

Part 2 Physiology and neuroscience

Chapter 6 Physically active lifestyles and well-being

Stuart J.H. Biddle, and Panteleimon Ekkekakis

Part 3 Psychology of well-being

Chapter 10* A balanced psychology and a full life

Martin E.P. Seligman, Acacia C. Parks, and Tracy Steen

Part 4Cultural perspectives

Chapter 13 Good work: its nature, its nurture

Susan Verducci, and Howard Gardner

Part 5 Social and economic considerations

Chapter 17* The social context of well-being

John F. Helliwell, and Robert D. Putnam

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