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The Psychology of Happiness

1st Edition

By Peter Warr


110 pages

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Is happiness all down to luck? Do events in our life influence how happy we feel? Can too much of a good thing make us less happy?

The Psychology of Happiness introduces readers to the variety of factors that can affect how happy we are. From our personality and feelings of self-worth, to our physical health and employment status, happiness is a subjective experience which will change throughout our lives. Although feeling happy is linked with positive thinking and our sociability in daily life, the book also includes surprising facts about the limitations of our personal happiness.

We all want to feel happy in our lives, and The Psychology of Happiness shows us that achieving it can be both an accident of fortune and as a direct result of our own actions and influence.


Table of Contents


  1. An initial look
  2. Hedonic wellbeing: Feeling bad to feeling good
  3. Flourishing wellbeing: Self-worth and a good life
  4. Influences from the world around you: Nine principal features
  5. Influences from within yourself
  6. Some consequences of happiness-
  7. What to do now?

References cited in the text

Notes about the text and some additional reading

Index to topics in the book

About the Author

Peter Warr is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Sheffield, UK. He was previously Director of the MRC/ESRC Social and Applied Psychology Unit at that university, and has published more than 230 articles and 30 books across several areas of psychology.

He is a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology and has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the British Psychological Society; that society has also presented him with its two awards for outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge. His current research concerns different forms of happiness and the links between those and behaviour.

About the Series

The Psychology of Everything

People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We’ve all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they’re thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life’s biggest questions.

The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.

Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology