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Citation Classics from Social Indicators ResearchIs Happiness a Trait?

Citation Classics from Social Indicators Research: Is Happiness a Trait? [One of the ideological foundations of the modern welfare states is the belief that people can be made happier by providing them with better living conditions. This belief is challenged by the theory that happiness is a fixed ‘trait’, rather than a variable ‘state’. This theory figures both at the individual level and at the societal level. The individual level variant depicts happiness as an aspect of personal character; rooted in inborn temperament or acquired disposition. The societal variant sees happiness as a matter of national character; embedded in shared values and beliefs. Both variants imply that a better society makes no happier people.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Citation Classics from Social Indicators ResearchIs Happiness a Trait?

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series Book Series (volume 26)
Editors: Michalos, Alex C.

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer 2005
ISBN
978-1-4020-3722-1
Pages
477 –536
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3742-2_17
Publisher site
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Abstract

[One of the ideological foundations of the modern welfare states is the belief that people can be made happier by providing them with better living conditions. This belief is challenged by the theory that happiness is a fixed ‘trait’, rather than a variable ‘state’. This theory figures both at the individual level and at the societal level. The individual level variant depicts happiness as an aspect of personal character; rooted in inborn temperament or acquired disposition. The societal variant sees happiness as a matter of national character; embedded in shared values and beliefs. Both variants imply that a better society makes no happier people.]

Published: May 16, 1993

Keywords: Living Condition; Absolute Stability; Social Indicator Research; Great Happiness; Average Happiness

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