Happiness: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations


  • Abir K. Bekhet, PhD, MSN, RN, is a former Research Assistant at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, and a lecturer of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt; Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, is a Kate Hanna Harvey Professor of Community Health Nursing, Associate Dean for Doctoral Education, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University; and Wagdy E. Nakhla, MD, Victoria Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt.

Author contact: akb7@case.edu or siha9@hotmail.com, with a copy to the Editor: nursingforum@gmail.com


TOPIC. Although happiness is important in maintaining health, few studies of happiness can be found in the nursing literature.

PURPOSE. This paper explicates the concept of happiness through examination of its defining attributes, antecedents, consequences, and measurement.

SOURCES OF INFORMATION. Literature review using hand search, and databases were used as sources of information.

CONCLUSION. The information provided can be used in clinical practice so that nursing strategies can be developed and tested to help people to become happy and healthy.