Happiness is a challenging, multifaceted topic, which obviously calls for an interdisciplinary approach. This work is a collection of papers which explores the phenomenon of happiness from a variety of angles, and from both theoretical and practical perspectives. They deal with the general nature and conditions of happiness, methods and measures for studying happiness, the consequences of happiness policies and discourses and the significance of specific factors, like landscapes or educational environments, for happiness. Some of the papers investigate the thoughts of ancient, 19th-century or 20th-century philosophers. Others employ theories and techniques from contemporary psychology to get a firmer grip on the elusive phenomenon of happiness. Contributors include Ranjeeta Basu, Valeriu Budeanu, Sarah A. Bushey, Mustafa Cihan Camci, Emily Corrigan-Kavanagh, Carolina Escobar-Tello, Julia Hotz, Søren Harnow Klausen, Kathy Pui Ying Lo, Andrea-Mariana Marian, Bryon Martin, Andrew Molas, Sean Moran, Liza Ortiz, Shelomi Panditharatne, Sheila M. Rucki, Jane Russel-O’Connor and Marie Thomas.
Søren Harnow Klausen is Professor of Philosophy at University of Southern Denmark. He has published on a wide variety of philosophical and interdisciplinary topics, including happiness, philosophy of mind, philosophy of literature, ethics and social epistemology.
Bryon Martin is an Assistant Professor of Recreation at Henderson State University, (Arkansas, USA). He has published and presented teaching strategies and research internationally in the areas of vintage cars, boating, wheelchair sports, sports officiating, sport violence, recreation in primary schools and recreation as a tool for social capital.
Mustafa Cihan Camci is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Akdeniz University, Department of Gerontology. His current interests are philosophy of art, philosophy of time, literature, and aging. Camci’s publications, both Turkish and English, are mainly on existential philosophy, particularly the impact of Heideggerian thought on modern Turkish cinema and literature.
Sarah A. Bushey graduated from the University of Florida (USA) and taught at the same institution from 2015-2018. She holds degrees in music education, performance and music history. Dr. Bushey has taught classes in music history, American musical theatre and general humanities. She now resides in her hometown in the state of Maine where she owns and operates a bakery.
Notes on Contributors Introduction Søren Harnow Klausen, Bryon Martin, Cihan Camci and Sarah Bushey 1 Happiness in the Routine of Everyday Life Cihan Camci 2 Against ‘Feeling Good’: Aristotle’s Concept of Happiness (eudaimonia) A. Erdem Çifçi 3 Utility, Liberty, and the State’s Duty to Promote Flourishing Andrew Molas 4 What Makes College Students Happy? A Day Reconstruction Study Ranjeeta Basu and Marie D. Thomas 5 Hegemonic Systems and the Politics of Happiness: the Fairy Tale as Ideology Sheila M. Rucki and Lisa Ortiz 6 Using Art Therapy Techniques to Explore Home Life Happiness Emily Corrigan-Kavanagh, Carolina Escobar-Tello and Kathy Pui Ying Lo 7 What Is the Good Life: an Overview of the ‘Good Life’ at the University of Florida Sarah Bushey 8 The Vocation Fulfilment: a Driver for Happiness at Work Andrea- Mariana Marian and Valeriu Budeanu 9 Classic Cars and Happiness: a Profile of Participants and Their Family, Community and Cultural Health Bryon Martin 10 Happiness and the Structure and Dynamics of Human Life Søren Harnow Klausen 11 Quo Vadis: Fullness or Emptiness in the Pursuit of Happiness? Robert D. Hermanson 12 Earthly Happiness and Heavenly Happiness Seán Moran 13 Happiness in Higher Education in Hong Kong: an Anthropology Study Kelly K. L. Chan 14 Re- Embracing Simplicity: An Exploration of Epicurean Happiness Julia Hotz 15 The Subjective Well- Being of Married Women In and Out of the Workforce in Sri Lanka Ann Shelomi Panditharatne 16 The Sublime Landscape Jane Russell-O’Connor Index
Happiness is a topic of interest to psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers, scholars in the humanities as well as professionals working with welfare or quality of life in more practical contexts.