A Concept to Enhance Happiness

  • Bernhard Schmitz

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 63)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Bernhard Schmitz
    Pages 45-91
  3. Bernhard Schmitz
    Pages 109-174
  4. Bernhard Schmitz
    Pages 175-196

About this book


This volume examines the questions of what constitutes a good life and how one can achieve happiness and well-being, and analyses different ways in which people can strive for a good life.  First, it presents an overview on important concepts in psychology that are related to living a good life. Then, a new approach is introduced: the concept of art-of-living as a holistic way to reach happiness. Empirical studies are reported involving a questionnaire for measuring art-of-living, and the validity of the questionnaire is demonstrated with respect to a wide range of concepts. In addition, the volume provides results from empirical studies, showing that, and how, art-of-living and happiness can be enhanced. Several intervention studies are described in detail, which have been performed with different groups of subjects, including pupils, university students and employees. Also, results of interviews are summarized, which were held with people who had been nominated as exemplary artists-of-living. The volume concludes with a description of art-of-living in autobiographies, and presents suggestions for further research with respect to art-of-living.


Art of Living and Positive Psychology Art of Living and Well-Being Art of Living and the Good Life Art of Living and Flourishing Reaching Happiness and Well-Being Measuring Art of Living Psychological Well-Being Enhancing Happiness Art of Living and Intervention Studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Bernhard Schmitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for PsychologyDarmstadt University of TechnologyDarmstadtGermany

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