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The Psychological Wealth of Nations

The Psychological Wealth of Nations reviews the range of new scientific research related to individual and societal happiness. Presents a comprehensive review of happiness, from conceptual and measurement issues to an exploration of predictors and consequences of happiness Explores the psychology and economics of happiness and examines the correlations between societal wealth, productivity, and happiness in different countries Offers compelling insights into the ways individual happiness impacts the psychological wealth of overall society Features a highly interdisciplinary approach, with considerations of philosophy, sociology, economics, political sciences, as well as psychology
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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Definition and Measurement of Psychological Wealth. Chapter 1: Definition. Chapter 2: Measurement. Part 2: The Psychological Wealth of Individuals. Chapter 3: Material Wealth. Chapter 4: Relational Wealth. Chapter 5: Personality. Chapter 6: Interventions. Chapter 7: Benefits of Psychological Wealth. Chapter 8: Optimal levels of Psychological Wealth. Part 3: The Psychological Wealth of Society. Chapter 9: What is a Good Society? Chapter 10: Material Wealth and Psychological Wealth of Nations Chapter 11: Psychological Wealth of Nations: Beyond Material Wealth. Chapter 12: Happy People, Happy Society? Part 4: Summary and Conclusions. Chapter 13: Summary and Conclusion.

About the Author

Shigehiro Oishi is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. A personality and social psychologist, he is also an Associate Editor for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


As an expert in well-being, Oishi offers importantinsights based on his intense focus examining well-being acrosscultures. His unique perspective offers a rare opportunity forreaders to consider how individual traits and behaviors operatewithin a societal context, and how these levels may interact toinfluence well-being. (Analyses of Social Issuesand Public Policy, 1 May 2013) This book is successful in its aim of providing anoverview of happiness research that is linked to the psychologicalwealth of nations and addressing various angles on questions ofconceptualization and measurement. (PsycCRITIQUES, 6 February 2013)

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