Humanistic perspectives in happiness research

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This volume provides innovative perspectives on the scholarly connection between the humanities and happiness, and considers the narrative expressions of happiness and recent investigations about happiness, its metrics, and objective insights about human wellbeing. This volume relates intemporal humanistic values to views across social and behavioural sciences, and thereby covers a broad interdisciplinary frame, from philosophy, psychology, literary studies, to the communication sciences. The philosophers in this volume discuss the achievement of happiness through the cultivation of virtue, as well as the logic of the gift as an experience of personal fulfilment and the fact that happiness is inextricably linked to hope. Their chapters take on the approach of the permanent human struggle to generate global horizons of happiness and thus attain eternal bliss. Scholars from other fields of the humanities and communication sciences consider the positive messages of environmental happiness in virtual platforms, where the Homo digitalis finds happiness at the click of a button, often under the endorsement of celebrities, or under the visual fruition of playful objects. They also present the intertextual memory of happiness as a condition for humanistic research. Finally, this volume considers the sphere of education as the best place in which to apply the results of sustainable happiness measurement and research, and to realize this complementary, humanistic perspective on happiness research.
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9783031386008
ISBN (Print)9783031385995, 9783031386022
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2024

Publication series

NameHappiness Studies Book Series
PublisherSpringer Cham
ISSN (Print)2213-7513
ISSN (Electronic)2213-7521


  • Happiness
  • Well-being
  • Crisis
  • Happiness narratives
  • Virtues and resilience
  • Hope as a response to crisis
  • Cartographies and metrics of happiness
  • Happiness in literature
  • Happiness and sustainability
  • Projects and promises of happiness
  • Happiness and spirituality
  • Happiness and religion
  • Spirituality
  • Resilience
  • Depression


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