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The Origins of HappinessThe Science of Well-Being over the Life Course$
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Andrew Clark, Sarah Fléche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, and George Ward

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691196336

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.001.0001

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Introduction: The New Paradigm

Introduction: The New Paradigm

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction: The New Paradigm
Source:
The Origins of Happiness
Author(s):

Andrew E. Clark

Sarah Flèche

Richard Layard

Nattavudh Powdthavee

George Ward

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.003.0001

This introductory chapter briefly describes the ways in which happiness and well-being can be laid out in quantitative terms. It argues that this endeavor is crucial both for individuals as well as for policy makers. Here, the chapter focuses on individual well-being over individual lifespan. In adulthood that is measured by life-satisfaction, and in childhood by mood and feelings. Having measured happiness, the chapter turns to the next step: explaining it—to understand why some people flourish, while others languish. It does so by introducing a single framework which shows the relative importance of the different factors involved in one's well-being. Finally, the chapter offers some warnings regarding the findings in this book and provides some concluding thoughts.

Keywords:   happiness, well-being, policy makers, adulthood, childhood, lifespan

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