Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Veenhoven, R. 2010. Happiness. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
The study of happiness has long been a playground for philosophical speculation. However, lack of empirical measures of happiness prevented evaluation of the validity of propositions about the matter. In the late twentieth century, survey-research methods introduced by the social sciences brought a breakthrough, in the form of dependable measures of happiness that have provided a significant body of knowledge.