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Religious and Non-Religious Perspectives on Happiness and Wellbeing

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ISBN 9780367485733
April 14, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the theme of happiness and well-being from religious, spiritual, philosophical, psychological, humanistic and health perspectives. Taking a non-binary approach, it considers how happiness in particular has been understood and appropriated in religious and non-religious strands of thought. The chapters offer incisive insight from a variety of perspectives, including atheism and major religions such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism. Together they demonstrate that although worldviews might vary substantially, there are concurrences across religious and non-religious perspectives on happiness that provide a common ground for further cross-cultural and interreligious exploration. What the book makes clear is that happiness is not a static or monolithic category. It is an ongoing process of being and becoming, striving and seeking, living ethically and meaningfully, as well as arriving at a tranquil state of being. This multifaceted volume makes a fresh contribution to the contemporary study of happiness and is valuable reading for scholars and students from religious studies and theology, including those interested in interreligious dialogue and the psychology of religion, as well as positive psychology.

Table of Contents


Sharada Sugirtharajah

1 Humanism and the pursuit of happiness

Andrew Copson

2 Happiness and Wellbeing in Positive Psychology: An Evaluation and Examination with a Focus on the Virtues of Gratitude and Hope

Liz Gulliford

3 Why I am happy to feel sad

Linda Gask

4 Happiness and Health

Paula McGee

5 Happiness and Judaism

Simon Dein

6 Happiness and Wellbeing in Christianity

David McLoughlin

7 Happiness and Wellbeing in Muslim Scripture

Amir Dastmalchian

8 Buddhism and human flourishing – key ideas and motifs

Peter Harvey

9 Happiness and Wellbeing from a Daoist Perspective

Yanxia Zhao

10 Understanding Happiness: A Hindu Perspective

Sharada Sugirtharajah

11 Religiosity and Happiness: Much Ado About Nothing

Ryan Cragun and David Speed


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Sharada Sugirtharajah is Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, UK.