Skip to main content Accessibility help
  • Print publication year: 2014
  • Online publication date: December 2014

1 - Modern happiness studies and “individual subjective wellbeing”


Aristotle 1985. Nicomachean ethics (Irwin, T., trans.). Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing.
Bentham, J. 2000. An introduction to the principles of morals and legislation. Palo Alto, CA: Batoche Books.
Brooks, D. 2013. “What data can't do,” The New York Times, February 16.
Bruner, J. 1986. Actual minds, possible worlds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Bruner, J. 1990. Acts of meaning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Cantril, H. 1965. The pattern of human concerns. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Davis, J., Smith, T. and Marsden, P. 2001. General social survey, 1972–2000: Cumulative codebook. Storrs, CT: Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut.
Diener, E., Emmons, R. A., Larsen, R. J. and Griffin, S. 1985. “The satisfaction with life scale,” Journal of Personality Assessment, 49: 71–75.
Diener, E., Wirtz, D., Tov, W., Kim-Prieto, C., Choi, D., Oishi, S. and Biswas-Diener, R. 2010. “New measures of well-being: Flourishing and positive and negative feelings,” Social Indicators Research, 39: 247–266.
Easterlin, R. A. 1974. “Does economic growth improve the human lot? Some empirical evidence,” in David, P. A. and Reder, M. W. (eds.), Nations and households in economic growth: Essays in honor of Moses Abramowitz. New York and London: Academic Press, pp. 89–125.
Easterlin, R. A. 2002. Happiness in economics. Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
Edgeworth, F. Y. 1994. Mathematical psychics: An essay on the application of mathematics to the moral sciences. Düsseldorf: Verlag Wirtschaft und Finanzen.
Fordyce, M. W. 1988. “A review of research on ‘The happiness measures’: A sixty second index of happiness and mental health,” Social Indicators Research, 20: 63–89.
Frey, B. 2008. Happiness: A revolution in economics. Cambridge, MA/London: The MIT Press.
Geertz, C. 1983. Local knowledge: Further essays in interpretive anthropology. New York: Basic Books.
Gitelman, L. (ed.) 2013. ‘Raw data’ is an oxymoron. Cambridge, MA/London: The MIT Press.
Graham, C. 2011. The pursuit of happiness: An economy of well-being, Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution Press.
Hektner, J. M., Schmidt, J. A. and Csikszentmihalyi, M. 2006. Experience sampling method: Measuring the quality of everyday life. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Inglehardt, R., Basanez, M., Diez-Medrano, J., Halman, L. and Luijks, R. 2000. World values surveys and European values surveys, 1981–1984, 1990–1993 and 1995–1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, study no. 2790 (, accessed February 19, 2013).
Johns, H. and Ormerod, P. 2007. Happiness, economics and public policy. London: Institute of Economic Affairs.
Kahnemann, D., Diener, E. and Schwarz, E. (eds.) 1999. Well-being: The foundations of hedonic psychology. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Kahneman, D., Krueger, A. B., Schkade, D. A., Schwarz, N. and Stone, A. 2004. “A survey method for characterizing daily life experience: The day reconstruction method,” Science, 306: 1776–1780.
Kahneman, D., Wakker, P. and Sarin, R. 1997. “Back to Bentham? Explorations of experienced utility,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 112 (2): 375–405.
Larson, R. and Csikszentmihalyi, M. 1983. “The experience sampling method,” New Directions for Methodology of Social and Behavioral Science, 15: 41–56.
Lucas, R., Diener, E. and Suh, E. 1996. “Discriminant validity of well-being measures,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71 (3): 616–628.
Lyubomirsky, S. and Lepper, H. S. 1999. “A measure of subjective happiness: Preliminary reliability and construct validation,” Social Indicators Research, 46: 137–155.
MacIntyre, A. 2007. After virtue (3rd ed.). London: Duckworth.
Mattingly, C. 1991. “The narrative nature of clinical reasoning,American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45: 998–1005 (doi:10.5014/ajot.45.11.998).
McCloskey, D. N. 2012. “Happyism: The creepy new economics of pleasure,” The New Republic, June 8 (, accessed February 23, 2013).
Ng, Y.-K. 1997. “A case for happiness, cardinalism, and interpersonal comparability,” Economic Journal, 107: 1848–1858.
Nussbaum, M. 2008. “Who is the happy warrior? Philosophy poses questions to psychology,” Journal of Legal Studies, 37 (2): 81–113.
Nussbaum, M. and Sen, A. (eds.) 1993. The quality of life. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Peterson, C. 2003. Approaches to happiness questionnaire, (, accessed February 5, 2013).
Peterson, C. 2005. Authentic happiness inventory questionnaire, (, accessed February 5, 2013).
Ricoeur, P. 1984. Time and narrative, vol. I. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Ryff, C. D., Singer, B. H. and Love, G. D. 2004. “Positive health: Connecting well-being with biology,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, B, 359: 1383–1394.
Seligman, M. E. P. 2002. Authentic happiness. New York: Free Press.
Seligman, M. E. P. 2011. Flourish. New York: Free Press.
Stone, A. A., Shiffman, S. S. and DeVries, M. W. 1999. “Ecological momentary assessment,” in Kahnemann, D., Diener, E. and Schwarz, E. (eds.), Well-being: The foundations of hedonic psychology. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, pp. 26–39.
The Economist 2013. “Measurement: Mass effect,” January 12.
Urry, H. L., Nitschke, J. B., Dolski, I., Jackson, D. C., Dalton, K. M., Mueller, C. J., Rosenkranz, M. A., Ryff, C. D., Singer, B. H. and Davidson, R. J. 2004. “Making a life worth living: Neural correlates of well-being,” Psychological Science, 15 (6): 367–72.
Van Praag, B. M. S. and Ferrer i Carbonell, A. 2008. Happiness quantified: A satisfaction calculus approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Veenhoven, R. 1993. Happiness in nations: Subjective appreciation of life in 56 nations 1946–1992. Rotterdam: Erasmus University Press.
Watson, D., Clark, L. A., Tellegen, A. 1988. “Development and validation of brief measures of positive and negative affect: The PANAS scales,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54: 1063–1070.