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Journal of Happiness Studies

An Interdisciplinary Forum on Subjective Well-Being

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29.05.2020 | Research Paper

Unhappy and Happy Obesity: A Comparative Study on the United States and China

This study aims to examine the relationship between obesity and subjective well-being (SWB) using panel data from China and the United States, two countries with different perceptions of obesity. In the United States, which follows the modern …

29.05.2020 | Research Paper

Examining Cross-Cultural Relationships Between Meaning in Life and Psychological Well-Being in Turkey and the United States

This study explored the extent to which meaning in life (i.e., presence and search) relates to different aspects of psychological well-being in American and Turkish students. It also assessed whether presence of meaning moderated the relationship …

27.05.2020 | Research Paper

Positive Expectancies and Subjective Well-Being: A Prospective Study Among Undergraduates in Serbia

The present study investigates the relationship between two types of positive expectancies—dispositional optimism and general self-efficacy—and four indicators of subjective well-being—life satisfaction, positive affect, negative affect, and …

25.05.2020 | Research Paper

Ambition or Jealousy? It Depends on Whom you are Compared with

Using panel data from a nationally representative survey in China, this paper simultaneously examines the impact of relative status of reference points from various categories on individual happiness. We find strong evidence supporting asymmetric …

25.05.2020 | Research Paper Open Access

The Bigger the Better? Business Size and Small-Business Owners’ Subjective Well-Being

Business growth is often portrayed as an important outcome for small-business owners. Few empirical studies have however examined whether there is a positive relationship between business size and different dimensions of small-business owners’ …

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The peer-reviewed Journal of Happiness Studies is devoted to scientific understanding of subjective well-being. Coverage includes both cognitive evaluations of life such as life-satisfaction, and affective enjoyment of life, such as mood level. In addition to contributions on appraisal of life-as-a-whole, the journal accepts papers on such life domains as job-satisfaction, and such life-aspects as the 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 span a broad range of disciplines: alpha-sciences, philosophy in particular; beta-sciences, especially health related quality-of-life research; and gamma-sciences, including not only psychology and sociology but also economics.
The journal addresses the conceptualization, measurement, prevalence, explanation, evaluation, imagination and study of happiness.

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