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Conclusion: The Well-Being Science Needed Now

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The Science of Well-Being

Part of the book series: Social Indicators Research Series ((SINS,volume 37))

We have learned much about well-being in the past several decades. Our methods have improved in impressive ways, and we have developed a broader view of who across the globe has high versus low subjective well-being. The articles in this volume review the advances we have made in understanding the causes and consequences of well-being. Importantly, we now have a clearer set of questions to ask. In this chapter, I outline several of the advances in questions asked and methods used that I hope will characterize subjective well-being research in the decades ahead.

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Diener, E. (2009). Conclusion: The Well-Being Science Needed Now. In: Diener, E. (eds) The Science of Well-Being. Social Indicators Research Series, vol 37. Springer, Dordrecht.

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