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Happiness Resources

June 19, 2021

A list of links, updated as we go, to support the podcast, 'Happiness, A Sceptics Guide'.


Read Gary's book The Psychology of Wellbeing on which many of these podcast episodes are based. For the UK see here. For the USA see here.


Action for Happiness  -  a charity 'committed to building a happier and more caring society.' Its website is packed with resources and details of events. Follow on Twitter @actionhappiness

World Happiness Report 2021  As referenced in Episode 02 and thereafter. Twitter: @HappinessRpt 

The Happiness Research Institute  - an independent think tank whose research is referenced at regular intervals during the podcast (Ep 02) Follow on Twitter @Happi_Research 

Ed Diener's (Dr Happiness) website - for various psychological measures related to happiness and subjective wellbeing, mentioned in Episode 03.

Values in Action - Character strengths survey - VIA detailed survey to analyse your character strengths and qualities. Also mentioned in Ep 03.

Reading well - This is a great resource we mention in Ep 12 as it supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. All the books they feature have been recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered and their relatives and carers. 


Eudaimonia (Greek: εὐδαιμονία [eu̯dai̯moníaː]; sometimes anglicised as eudaemonia or eudemonia, /juːdɪˈmoʊniə/) is a Greek word commonly translated as 'happiness' or 'welfare'; however, more accurate translations have been proposed to be 'human flourishing', 'prosperity' and 'blessedness'.

In the work of Aristotle, eudaimonia (based on older Greek tradition) was used as the term for the highest human good, and so it is the aim of practical philosophy, including ethics and political philosophy, to consider (and also experience) what it really is, and how it can be achieved. It is thus a central concept in Aristotelian ethics and subsequent Hellenistic philosophy, along with the terms aretē (most often translated as 'virtue' or 'excellence') and phronesis" ('practical or ethical wisdom').



More reading

Erik Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development (ep 18)