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Name:  Edward F Diener  

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Genre: Non-Fiction Other

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Professor Diener lives in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ed Diener. Ph.D., is the Joseph R. Smiley Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization.


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Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth
ISBN: 1405146613

Wiley-Blackwell. 2008

Utilizing sophisticated methodology and three decades of research by the world's leading expert on happiness, Happiness challenges the present thinking of the causes and consequences of happiness and redefines our modern notions of happiness.

  • shares the results of three decades of research on our notions of happiness
  • covers the most important advances in our understanding of happiness
  • offers readers unparalleled access to the world's leading experts on happiness
  • provides "real world" examples that will resonate with general readers as well as scholars

Winner of the 2008 PSP Prose Award for Excellence in Psychology, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers

Well-Being for Public Policy (Oxford Positive Psychology Series)
ISBN: 0195334078

Oxford University Press. 2009

In this volume, the authors explain the reasons why subjective indicators of well-being are needed. They describe how these indicators can offer useful input and provide examples of policy uses of well-being measures. The book then delves into objections to the use of subjective well-being indicators for policy purposes and discusses why these objections are not warranted. Finally, the book contains answers pertaining to the measures that are currently in use and describes the types of measures that are most likely to be valuable in the policy domain.

At the most ambitious, even audacious, level, Well-Being for Public Policy has the potential of transforming society by making people and policy more concerned about well-being, and less concerned about economics and income. The existence of national measures of well-being would draw more interest to the rewarding and problem areas of life, and serve to give a broader focus to societal decisions. National accounts of well-being could reorient societies so that social values, the environment, enjoyable work, and physical and emotional health are given prominence along with economic development. This book is an invaluable treatise on current understanding of the complex relationship between well-being and public policy-- it will be of great interest to researchers in the fields of psychology and economics.

International Differences in Well-Being (Oxford Positive Psychology Series)
ISBN: 0199732736

Oxford University Press. 2010

This book draws together the latest work from scholars around the world using subjective well-being data to understand and compare well-being across countries and cultures. Starting from many different vantage points, the authors reached a consensus that many measures of subjective well-being, ranging from life evaluations through emotional states, based on memories and current evaluations, merit broader collection and analysis. Using data from the Gallup World Poll, the World Values Survey, and other internationally comparable surveys, the authors document wide divergences among countries in all measures of subjective well-being, The international differences are greater for life evaluations than for emotions. Despite the well-documented differences in the ways in which subjective evaluations change through time and across cultures, the bulk of the very large international differences in life evaluations are due to differences in life circumstances rather than differences in the way these differences are evaluated.