Stability of Happiness - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124114784, 9780124105386

Stability of Happiness

1st Edition

Theories and Evidence on Whether Happiness Can Change

Editors: Kennon Sheldon Richard E. Lucas
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124114784
eBook ISBN: 9780124105386
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd July 2014
Page Count: 334
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Description

  • List of Contributors
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Is It Possible to Become a Permanently Happier Person?: An Overview of the Issues and the Book
    • References
  • Chapter 2. Well-Being: Heritable and Changeable
    • Introduction
    • Can Happiness Change?
    • Heritability
    • Toward an Integrated Model of Genes, Environment, and Change
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Chapter 3. Symptoms of Wellness: Happiness and Eudaimonia from a Self-Determination Perspective
    • The Stability of Happiness
    • Self-Determination Theory
    • Motivational Considerations
    • Awareness and Autonomous Regulation: The Role of Mindfulness
    • Goals and Aspirations
    • Social and Environmental Factors
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Chapter 4. Is Lasting Change Possible? Lessons from the Hedonic Adaptation Prevention Model
    • Hedonic Adaptation
    • Evidence Supporting Hedonic Adaptation
    • Hedonic Adaptation Prevention Model
    • Future Directions and Questions
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Chapter 5. Can Happiness Change? Theories and Evidence
    • Introduction
    • Problems of Nomenclature
    • The Personality Connection
    • Set Points for Mood Happiness
    • Subjective Well-being Homeostasis
    • Challenges to Set Point Theory
    • Can Levels of Happiness Change?
    • Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments
    • References
  • Chapter 6. National Panel Studies Show Substantial Minorities Recording Long-Term Change in Life Satisfaction: Implications for Set Point Theory
    • A Crucial Definitional Issue: How to Define the Set Point?
    • Operational Definitions
    • The German (GSOEP), British (BHPS), and Australian (HILDA) Household Panel Surveys
    • Measures
    • Life Priorities, Goals, or Values
    • Behavioral Choices: Partner Personality Traits, Social Participation, the Work–Leisure Trade-off, Regular Exercise, and ChurchGoing
    • Results
    • Explaining Medium- and Long-Term Change in Life Satisfaction: Life Priorities and Behavioral Choices
    • Behavioral Choices
    • Conclusions
    • Appendix 6.1
    • Correlations of Life Satisfaction1984–1988 with Life Satisfaction in Later 5-Year Periods
    • References
  • Chapter 7. Does Happiness Change? Evidence from Longitudinal Studies
    • Understanding Change through Stability Coefficients
    • Alternatives to Two-Wave Designs
    • Linking Change to the Experience of Life Events
    • Results from Recent Longitudinal Studies
    • New Innovations in Research on Life Events
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Chapter 8. Increasing Happiness by Well-Being Therapy
    • Introduction
    • The Concepts of Happiness and Well-being in Clinical Psychology
    • Increasing Happiness by Targeted Interventions: Is “Happier Always Better”?
    • The Structure of Well-being Therapy
    • Well-being Therapy: Clinical Considerations
    • WBT: Validation Studies
    • Are Psychotherapy-Induced Modifications in Well-being Enduring?
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Chapter 9. Long-Term Change of Happiness in Nations: Two Times More Rise Than Decline Since the 1970s
    • Introduction
    • Data
    • Method
    • Results: More Advance than Decline in All Series
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion
    • Appendix 9.1 Example of a Presentation of Findings on Average Happiness in Nations
    • Appendix 9.2 Data Matrix
    • References
  • Chapter 10. Set Point Theory and Public Policy
    • Point-of-Time Evidence: 21 European Countries, 2007
    • Time Series Evidence: China Since 1990
    • Discussion
    • Acknowledgments
    • Appendix 10.1
    • References
  • Chapter 11. Economic Approaches to Understanding Change in Happiness
    • Introduction
    • Hedonic Adaptation
    • A Life Course Perspective on SWB
    • (External) Conditions Affecting Subjective Well-Being
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Chapter 12. Personality Traits as Potential Moderators of Well-Being: Setting a Foundation for Future Research
    • Personality Change as Support for Well-being Change: The Cases of Extraversion and Neuroticism
    • Revisiting the “Happy Personality”: Linking Traits and Subjective Well-being
    • Personality as a Predictor of Well-being Trajectories
    • Specific Traits as Potential Moderators
    • Conclusions and Final Thoughts
    • References
  • Chapter 13. Statistical Models for Analyzing Stability and Change in Happiness
    • Direct versus Indirect Assessment
    • Individual Change versus Mean Change
    • Overview
    • Psychometric Models for Analyzing Variability and Change
    • Models with Life Events
    • Discussion
    • References
  • Chapter 14. Stable Happiness Dies in Middle-Age: A Guide to Future Research
    • Future Directions
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Index

Key Features

  • Identifies all major theories of happiness
  • Reviews empirical results on happiness longevity/stability
  • Discusses mitigating factors in what influences happiness longevity

Readership

Researchers in social psychology, developmental psychology, or clinical psychology interested in the well being of people over time

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Is It Possible to Become a Permanently Happier Person?: An Overview of the Issues and the Book
    • References
  • Chapter 2. Well-Being: Heritable and Changeable
    • Introduction
    • Can Happiness Change?
    • Heritability
    • Toward an Integrated Model of Genes, Environment, and Change
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Chapter 3. Symptoms of Wellness: Happiness and Eudaimonia from a Self-Determination Perspective
    • The Stability of Happiness
    • Self-Determination Theory
    • Motivational Considerations
    • Awareness and Autonomous Regulation: The Role of Mindfulness
    • Goals and Aspirations
    • Social and Environmental Factors
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Chapter 4. Is Lasting Change Possible? Lessons from the Hedonic Adaptation Prevention Model
    • Hedonic Adaptation
    • Evidence Supporting Hedonic Adaptation
    • Hedonic Adaptation Prevention Model
    • Future Directions and Questions
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Chapter 5. Can Happiness Change? Theories and Evidence
    • Introduction
    • Problems of Nomenclature
    • The Personality Connection
    • Set Points for Mood Happiness
    • Subjective Well-being Homeostasis
    • Challenges to Set Point Theory
    • Can Levels of Happiness Change?
    • Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments
    • References
  • Chapter 6. National Panel Studies Show Substantial Minorities Recording Long-Term Change in Life Satisfaction: Implications for Set Point Theory
    • A Crucial Definitional Issue: How to Define the Set Point?
    • Operational Definitions
    • The German (GSOEP), British (BHPS), and Australian (HILDA) Household Panel Surveys
    • Measures
    • Life Priorities, Goals, or Values
    • Behavioral Choices: Partner Personality Traits, Social Participation, the Work–Leisure Trade-off, Regular Exercise, and ChurchGoing
    • Results
    • Explaining Medium- and Long-Term Change in Life Satisfaction: Life Priorities and Behavioral Choices
    • Behavioral Choices
    • Conclusions
    • Appendix 6.1
    • Correlations of Life Satisfaction1984–1988 with Life Satisfaction in Later 5-Year Periods
    • References
  • Chapter 7. Does Happiness Change? Evidence from Longitudinal Studies
    • Understanding Change through Stability Coefficients
    • Alternatives to Two-Wave Designs
    • Linking Change to the Experience of Life Events
    • Results from Recent Longitudinal Studies
    • New Innovations in Research on Life Events
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Chapter 8. Increasing Happiness by Well-Being Therapy
    • Introduction
    • The Concepts of Happiness and Well-being in Clinical Psychology
    • Increasing Happiness by Targeted Interventions: Is “Happier Always Better”?
    • The Structure of Well-being Therapy
    • Well-being Therapy: Clinical Considerations
    • WBT: Validation Studies
    • Are Psychotherapy-Induced Modifications in Well-being Enduring?
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Chapter 9. Long-Term Change of Happiness in Nations: Two Times More Rise Than Decline Since the 1970s
    • Introduction
    • Data
    • Method
    • Results: More Advance than Decline in All Series
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion
    • Appendix 9.1 Example of a Presentation of Findings on Average Happiness in Nations
    • Appendix 9.2 Data Matrix
    • References
  • Chapter 10. Set Point Theory and Public Policy
    • Point-of-Time Evidence: 21 European Countries, 2007
    • Time Series Evidence: China Since 1990
    • Discussion
    • Acknowledgments
    • Appendix 10.1
    • References
  • Chapter 11. Economic Approaches to Understanding Change in Happiness
    • Introduction
    • Hedonic Adaptation
    • A Life Course Perspective on SWB
    • (External) Conditions Affecting Subjective Well-Being
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Chapter 12. Personality Traits as Potential Moderators of Well-Being: Setting a Foundation for Future Research
    • Personality Change as Support for Well-being Change: The Cases of Extraversion and Neuroticism
    • Revisiting the “Happy Personality”: Linking Traits and Subjective Well-being
    • Personality as a Predictor of Well-being Trajectories
    • Specific Traits as Potential Moderators
    • Conclusions and Final Thoughts
    • References
  • Chapter 13. Statistical Models for Analyzing Stability and Change in Happiness
    • Direct versus Indirect Assessment
    • Individual Change versus Mean Change
    • Overview
    • Psychometric Models for Analyzing Variability and Change
    • Models with Life Events
    • Discussion
    • References
  • Chapter 14. Stable Happiness Dies in Middle-Age: A Guide to Future Research
    • Future Directions
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Index

Details

No. of pages:
334
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780124105386
Hardcover ISBN:
9780124114784
Paperback ISBN:
9780128102497

About the Editor

Kennon Sheldon

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA

Richard E. Lucas

Affiliations and Expertise

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA