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Comparative Study
, 55 (1), 34-43

Subjective Well-Being. The Science of Happiness and a Proposal for a National Index

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Comparative Study

Subjective Well-Being. The Science of Happiness and a Proposal for a National Index

E Diener. Am Psychol.

Abstract

One area of positive psychology analyzes subjective well-being (SWB), people's cognitive and affective evaluations of their lives. Progress has been made in understanding the components of SWB, the importance of adaptation and goals to feelings of well-being, the temperament underpinnings of SWB, and the cultural influences on well-being. Representative selection of respondents, naturalistic experience sampling measures, and other methodological refinements are now used to study SWB and could be used to produce national indicators of happiness.

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