Thursday, December 27, 2012

Trent University Professor launches the first issue of The International Journal of Happiness and Development

Dr. Mak Arvin, a Trent University  Professor has launched the first issue of The International Journal of Happiness and Development (IJHD)
 
IJHD is an interdisciplinary journal that seeks to broaden our understanding of 'happiness' and how it may relate to development from economic, political, psychological, and/or sociological perspectives. The journal entertains all definitions of happiness, including 'subjective well-being' or 'life satisfaction' commonly used terms in economics. It welcomes rigorous and scientific papers that provide theoretical or empirical investigations which improve our understanding of how happiness is generated and how it may relate to development interpreted at both micro and macro levels.

The IJHD reflects the development of the field and, by taking a truly inter-disciplinary approach to the subject, seeks to broaden our understanding of “happiness” and how it may relate to development from economic, political, psychological, and/or sociological perspectives. As Professor Arvin points out, happiness studies is a growing field with “many questions and unexplored areas for research.”

For Prof. Arvin, the launch of the IJHD opens the door to these types of studies and more: “I think this journal ten years from now is going to be a leading journal in the field.” Clearly others are as enthusiastic and optimistic about the journal’s potential, as evidenced by quality of submissions to the first issue, including Dr. Ruut Veenhoven, Director of the World Database of Happiness in Switzerland, and Prof. Easterlin, the “father” of the study of happiness from an economic perspective. “These contributors represent the giants in their field,” asserts Prof. Arvin. “They are the cream of the crop.”
While happiness studies are not new, in the past couple of decades the study of happiness has received more attention in a wide variety of disciplines including psychology, economics, sociology, and more.

There is a free download of the papers from this first issue: http://www.inderscience.com/info/ingeneral/sample.php?jcode=ijhd

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