Editor’s Introduction and Summary of Chapters

McHugh, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-6357-2979 (2017) Editor’s Introduction and Summary of Chapters. In: McHugh, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-6357-2979, (ed.) The Changing Nature of Happiness : An In-Depth Study of a Town in North West England 1938–2016. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-15. ISBN 978-3-319-65651-9

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The editorial introduction summarizes the other chapters in the book. It notes the increasing interest in human happiness in the 21st century with initiatives from the United Nations and other national and international organizations to enhance happiness in the world. European politicians have included the subject in their rhetoric and policies. In Britain the Office of National Statistics was directed to collect data and publish reports. The debate on the relationship between wealth and happiness is introduced. What is happiness? The question of definition is explored supporting a link between happiness and general well-being. How can happiness be measured? These questions are considered with reference to the Mass Observation study in 1938 and that by The University in the town of Bolton in 2014.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: happiness studies, definition of happiness, measurement of happiness, wealth and happiness Bolton
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 12:53
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 12:53
Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-65651-9_1
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1778

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