Review of The Oxford Handbook of Happiness


  • Dan Weijers Victoria University of Wellington
  • Aaron Jarden The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and Auckland University of Technology
  • Erik Angner George Mason University
  • George Burns Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne
  • Erica Chadwick Victoria University of Wellington
  • Paul E. Jose Victoria University of Wellington
  • Mohsen Joshanloo Victoria University of Wellington
  • Margarita Tarragona Universidad TecMilenio
  • Neil Thin University of Edinburgh


The Oxford Handbook of Happiness is the most comprehensive single volume on the subject of happiness. This long-anticipated landmark collection, along with the similarly ambitious Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research (A. Michalos, ed. 2013, Springer) shows happiness scholarship coming of age and spreading outward into new themes and disciplines as well as forward into policy and practice. The book takes a broad definition of happiness and its contents span positive psychology and interdisciplinary (but psychology-focused) happiness studies. On the whole, the handbook is a remarkable achievement in that it covers most of the basic contemporary knowledge about happiness as well as giving glimpses of more advanced and specific findings.


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