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Assessing Well-Being

The Collected Works of Ed Diener


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  • Present an introduction and in-depth discussion of the major scientific findings and theories of subjective well-being

  • Volume 1 presents broad reviews and theory articles that give readers the major findings in the field, and the basic theories of well-being

  • Volume 2 presents the major works on culture and well-being, coming from the laboratories of Ed Diener and his former students. The volume shows how well-being varies across cultures, as well as the universal and culture-specific causes of well-being

  • Volume 3 presents an analysis of the measures of well-being that are in use, and several new and useful measures

  • Highlight what we now know in terms of whether well-being is helpful to effective functioning, the causes of well-being such as money and relationships, and the different definitions and components of well-being

  • Each volume discusses the research that is needed in the future, with many ideas for new research that will be helpful to researchers working in this area

Part of the book series: Social Indicators Research Series (SINS, volume 39)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XI
  2. The Evolving Concept of Subjective Well-Being: The Multifaceted Nature of Happiness

    • Ed Diener, Christie Napa Scollon, Richard E. Lucas
    Pages 67-100
  3. Review of the Satisfaction With Life Scale

    • William Pavot, Ed Diener
    Pages 101-117
  4. Measuring Positive Emotions

    • Richard E. Lucas, Ed Diener, Randy J. Larsen
    Pages 139-155
  5. Experience Sampling: Promises and Pitfalls, Strength and Weaknesses

    • Christie Napa Scollon, Chu-Kim Prieto, Ed Diener
    Pages 157-180
  6. Income’s Differential Influence on Judgments of Life Versus AffectiveWell-Being

    • Ed Diener, Daniel Kahneman, Raksha Arora, James Harter, William Tov
    Pages 233-246
  7. New Measures of Well-Being

    • Ed Diener, Derrick Wirtz, Robert Biswas-Diener, William Tov, Chu Kim-Prieto, Dong-won Choi et al.
    Pages 247-266

About this book

The Collected Works of Ed Diener, in 3 volumes, present the major works of the leading research scientist studying happiness and well-being. Professor Diener has studied subjective well-being, people’s life satisfaction and positive emotions, for over a quarter of a century, and has published 200 works on the topic, many more than any other scholar. He has studied hundreds of thousands of people in over 140 nations of the world, and the Collected Works present the major findings from those studies. Diener has made many of the major discoveries about well-being, which are outlined in the chapters.

The first volume presents the major theory and review papers of Ed Diener. These publications give a broad overview of findings in the field, and the theories of well-being. As such, the first volume is an absolute must for beginning scholars in this area, and offers a clear tutorial to the history of the field and major findings. The second volume focuses on culture. This volume is most unique, and could sell on its own, as it should appeal to cultural psychologists and anthropologists. The findings in the culture area are mostly all derived from the Diener laboratory and his students. Thus, the papers in this volume represent most of the major publications on culture and well-being. Furthermore, this is the area that is least well-known by most scholars. The third volume on measurement is the most applied and practical one because it discusses all the measures used, and presents new measures. Even for those who do not want to study well-being per se, but want to use some well-being measures in their research, this volume will be of enormous help.

Volume 1: Gives a broad overview of findings and theories on subjective well-being.

Volume 2: Presents most of the major papers on well-being and culture, and the international differences in well-being

Volume 3: Presents discussions of measures of well-being and new measures of well-being, and is thus of great value to those who want to select measurement scales for their research


Over the past several decades Professor Diener has contributed more than any other psychologist to the rigorous research of subjective well-being. The collection of this work in this series is going to be of invaluable help to anyone interested in the study of happiness, life-satisfaction, and the emerging discipline of positive psychology. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Professor of Psychology And Management, Claremont Graduate University

Ed Diener, the Jedi Master of the world's happiness researchers, has inspired and informed all of us who have studied and written about happiness.  His life's work epitomizes a humanly significant psychological science.  How wonderful to have his pioneering writings collected and preserved for future students of human well-being, and for practitioners and social policy makers who are working to promote human flourishing. David G. Myers, Hope College, and author, The Pursuit of Happiness.

Ed Diener's work on life satisfaction -- theory and research -- has been ground-breaking. Having his collected works available will be a great boon to psychologists and policy-makers alike. Christopher Peterson, Professor of Psychology, Univ. of Michigan

By looking at happiness and well-being in many different cultures and societies, from East to West, from New York City to Calcutta slums, and beyond, Ed Diener has forever transformed the field of culture in psychology. Filled with bold theoretical insights and rigorous and, yet, imaginative empirical studies, this volume will be absolutely indispensable for all social and behavioral scientists interested in transformative power of culture on human psychology. Shinobu Kitayama, Professor and Director of the Culture and Cognition Program, Univ. of Michigan

Ed Diener is one of the most productive psychologists in the world working in the field of perceived quality of life or, as he prefers, subjective wellbeing. He has served the profession as a researcher, writer, teacher, officer in professional organizations, editor of leading journals, a member of the editorial board of still more journals as well as a member of the board of the Social Indicators Research Book Series. As an admirer of his work and a good friend, I have learned a lot from him, from his students, his relatives and collaborators. The idea of producing a collection of his works came to me as a result of spending a great deal of time trying to keep up with his work. What a wonderful public and professional service it would be, I thought, as well as a time-saver for me, if we could get a substantial number of his works assembled in one collection. In these three volumes we have not only a fine selection of past works but a good number of new ones as well. So, it is with considerable delight that I write these lines to thank Ed and to lend my support to this important publication. Alex C. Michalos, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., Chancellor, Director, Institute for Social Research and Evaluation, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, Univ. of Northern British Columbia


  • Emotions
  • emotion
  • happiness
  • life satisfaction
  • personality
  • quality of life
  • subjective well-being
  • well-being


From the reviews: “Assessing Well-Being, is concerned with the measurement of life satisfaction. … Also, newly written, they point the way for future research. … Certainly academic researchers interested in well-being will find them extremely useful. … The reprinted book chapters are not so readily available, so their inclusion is a real plus. The audience should extend beyond research psychologists and include policy makers as well as interested members of the general public. … the collected works of Ed Diener are timely, impressive, and useful.” (Christopher Peterson, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54 (50), 2009)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept. Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign, USA

    Ed Diener

About the editor

Ed Diener is the Joseph R. Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois. He received his doctorate at the University of Washington in 1974, and has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois for the past 34 years. Dr. Diener was the president of both the International Society of Quality of Life Studies and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. Currently he is the president of the International Positive Psychology Association. Dr. Diener was the editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the Journal of Happiness Studies, and he is the founding editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science. Diener has over 240 publications, with about 190 being in the area of the psychology of well-being, and is listed as one of the most highly cited psychologists by the Institute of Scientific Information with over 12,000 citations to his credit. He won the Distinguished Researcher Award from the International Society of Quality of Life Studies, the first Gallup Academic Leadership Award, and the Jack Block Award for Personality Psychology. Dr. Diener also won several teaching awards, including the Oakley-Kundee Award for Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Illinois.

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Buying options

USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-90-481-2354-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)