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Dear friends,

please find below an announcement of the free eBook “Happiness Formulas: How to assess our subjective well-being? How to live joyfully in the 21st century?“. More information coming very soon. THANKS for your feedback and support along the months necessary to write this eBook!


The Institute of Subjective Well-Being releases a free eBook today, summarizing scientific research about happiness, how to measure and improve it. It describes several formulas for subjective well-being, including Oxford Happiness Questionnaire, Satisfaction With Life Scale, Gross National Happiness (Buthan), reviewing the work of Ed Diener, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Martin Seligmann, etc. ISWB also advocates why understanding happiness requires a paradigm shift (thinking in terms of degrees of appropriateness) and shows why SWB has strong implications for public policy and diplomacy.

VANCOUVER (Canada) – The Institute of Subjective Well-Being (http://www.iswb.org/) released today a free eBook titled “Happiness Formulas: How to assess our subjective well-being? How to live joyfully in the 21st century?”. This guide to measure and improve happiness, offers an intuitive way to assess subjective well-being using Positive Psychology questionnaires. It also reviews benchmark of social happiness, like the Facebook Collective Happiness Index, Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and the Gross National Happiness introduced in Buthan.

The eBook also reviews AmAre Way (https://amareway.org/), a formula to measure happiness, and a way of living joyfully. AmAre is an acronym which stands for: Aware (being), Meditating, Active (being), Respectful (being), Eating properly. AmAre is an Italian word which means “to love”, and in English it sounds like interconnectedness: (I) Am (we) Are.

“Happiness Formulas” eBook summarizes some of the main findings in recent research about subjective well-being, and raises points of its own, including:
– being happy is a choice we make right here and now, by living joyfully. It is not a place to reach in the future.
– there are ways to measure subjective well-being and thinking about what such formulas mean for us, is even more important than the numbers we get out of them.
– we get happier by making other people happier
– understanding happiness requires a paradigm shift: from a digital (right or wrong, true or false) way of thinking which belonged to analogical times, to an analogical (degrees of appropriateness) way of thinking which belongs to our digital times
– SWB has strong implications for public policy and diplomacy
– SWB agents, objects and actions can be classified as hot, mild and cool
– there are several “fringe” benefits to living joyfully, for example happier people are more sociable and energetic, more caring and cooperative, better liked by others, more likely to get married and stay married, to have wider social networks and receive support from friends, show more flexibility and creativity in their thinking, are more productive and work, are recognized as better leaders and negotiators, and so earn accordingly. They are more tenacious when times are not pleasant, have stronger immune systems, are healthier both physically and mentally, and live longer.

The Institute of Subjective Well-Being (http://www.iswb.org/) 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. Membership is free and open to researchers, meditators, philosophers and the public at large. ISWB publishes pamphlets and white-papers, freely available on their site; it also edits a newsletter for media experts who want to receive updates about developments in the field of subjective well-being.

Institute of Subjective Well-Being
Phone: +1 206 792 9887
Website: http://www.iswb.org/
Email: info@iswb.org