The analysis and measurement of happiness as a sense of well-being

  title={The analysis and measurement of happiness as a sense of well-being},
  author={Richard Kammann and Marcelle Farry and Peter Herbison},
  journal={Social Indicators Research},
General happiness is philosophically construed as a sense of well-being which in turn has been defined either as a complete and lasting satisfaction with life-as-a-whole or as a preponderance of positive over negative feelings. A factor analysis of thirteen well-being scales shows that these two definitions coalesce into a single general well-being factor which is distinguishable only from an independent stress/worries factor. Further evidence shows that familiar scales of neuroticism… 

On the structure of subjective well-being

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Measurement and public policy uses of subjective well-being

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Natural history of male psychologic health: effects of mental health on physical health.

  • G. Vaillant
  • Medicine, Psychology
    The New England journal of medicine
  • 1979
The data suggest that good mental health retards midlife deterioration in physical health, and the relation between previous mental health and subsequent physical health remained statistically significant when the effects of alcohol, tobacco use, obesity, and longevity of ancestors were excluded.