Happiness Research - links compendium for the layperson
What makes us happy? It's a central question of the human existence. I've put together a set of links that touch on the topic, and am archiving them here for your amusement as well as my own personal reference.
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- Paul Krugman on "Pursuing Happiness" and happiness research. An excellent summary piece to start with.
- World Database of Happiness, from the Erasmus University of Amsterdam.
- "Honor Versus Hedonism: A Cross-cultural Analysis of the 'Missing Link' Between Income and Subjective Well-being". Paper abstract from University of Michigan.
- Observer UK story: Martin Seligman and "Authentic Happiness". A little cheesy.
- Dr. Seligman's web site.
- Book review: The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse, by Gregg Easterbrook.
- The Progress Paradox at Amazon.com.
- TCS Article:Richard Layard - Income and Happiness. An economic look at the issue.
- A page on Dr. Layard with links to .pdf versions of his lectures. Some commentary.
- Article: Daniel Gilbert and Affective Forecasting. Fascinating. If you read nothing else on this page, read this. I repeat, fascinating.
- Daniel Gilbert's homepage
- NYT article: Barry Schwartz on "maximizing" and "satisficing". Schwartz applies decision theory to the happiness question.
- Barry Schwartz, "The Tyranny of Choice" in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Schwartz's book The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less at Amazon.com.