Subjective Well-Being: Three Decades of Progress

  title={Subjective Well-Being: Three Decades of Progress},
  author={Ed Diener and Eunkook M. Suh and Richard E. Lucas and Heidi L. Smith},
  journal={Psychological Bulletin},
W. Wilson's (1967) review of the area of subjective well-being (SWB) advanced several conclusions regarding those who report high levels of "happiness". A number of his conclusions have been overturned: youth and modest aspirations no longer are seen as prerequisites of SWB. E. Diener's (1984) review placed greater emphasis on theories that stressed psychological factors. In the current article, the authors review current evidence for Wilson's conclusions and discuss modern theories of SWB that… 

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