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This edited quantity makes a contribution to the literature on happiness learn through compiling stories according to cross-national learn and from various educational disciplines. The e-book is exact in that it comprises either theoretical and empirical analyses, investigating dating among reasons of happiness and fiscal habit in terms of employment, intake, and saving. such a lot significantly, it really is one of many first reports during this topic zone that analyzes micro information accumulated in Europe, US and Japan with details on respondents’ attributes and their monetary habit, in addition to in measuring inter-temporal happiness by way of valuable issue research. study findings during this quantity shed new gentle on public guidelines for a couple of parts akin to employment, kin, social welfare, city and nearby making plans, and tradition. The ebook attracts on a collaborative examine undertaking among 5 associations of upper schooling in France, united kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Japan that lasted for 2 years.

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2. As there is no ‘root cause’ of wicked problems/the challenge of wellbeing, there is no single best approach to tackling them. This point is made by Head and Alford (2013, 5) and elaborated on by Head (2008, 9) who cautions against the search for ‘quick fixes’ and argues that ‘more knowledge, even if well targeted, is never sufficient : : : ’ (Head 2008, 109) 3. Policy-makers should not expect conclusive solutions to wicked problems/the challenge of wellbeing Instead, they should aim for partial and provisional courses of action (Head and Alford 2013, 2).

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It cannot be answered within the happiness maximization calculus alone. A feasible and theoretically consistent approach is to resort to the constitutional level, where people make such fundamental decisions behind the veil of uncertainty. The most fundamental issue is whether happiness actually is the ultimate goal to be maximized. Other valid goals, for instance, are loyalty, responsibility, selfesteem, freedom or personal development. Whether happiness is the prime goal of individuals, or whether it is only one of several goals, has for centuries been a controversial issue in philosophy (Sugden 2005; Bruni 2006; McMahon 2006; Bruni and Porta 2007).

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