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Subjective well-being is a measure of an individual’s perceived level of well-being. It considers several variables, including environment, physical and mental health, education, recreation and leisure time, social belonging, etc. In reality, it considers as many variables as the subjects, who are assessing their subjective well-being, think it is necessary to include.

The Institute of Subjective Well-Being (ISWB) is a non-sectarian, non-political institute devoted to sharing both established and pioneering research in the field of subjective well-being, more commonly known as happiness. Subjective well-being is a suitable way to refer to happiness: subjective, because it is in the eyes’ of the beholder; well-being, because it is always in progress and not a place to reach and hold for good. It also reminds us the importance of keeping the scientific method in this field; the last decades saw substantial advancements in the reasearch related to how brain functions, and how emotions and other activities are handled.

Scientific research has already proven happiness is a matter of many factors, including personal choices, environmental influences and genetics, we work to keep the discussion open. An analogical approach to happiness (where different factors influencing happiness are weighted according to the context) has proven more effective than a digital approach (where the discussion is focused on finding one exlusive, or leading, cause for all); even of course the yes/no approach seems always the most efficient, the additional knowledge we are gaining and the exponential growth in computing power when it comes to scenarios-building, will make possible to opt for a more effective approach, with efficiency taken care by progress.

Membership is free and open to researchers, meditators, philosopers and the public at large. They publish pamphlets and white-papers, freely available on our site; we also edit a newsletter for media experts who want to receive updates about developments in the field of subjective well-being.

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