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Economics and HappinessFraming the Analysis$
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Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199286280.001.0001

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Happiness in Hardship

Happiness in Hardship

(p.243) 10 Happiness in Hardship
Economics and Happiness

Ruut Veenhoven

Oxford University Press

Associating happiness with trouble-free living would make happiness studies truly illusionary. The theory has to cope with the evidence that people can be quite happy in spite of considerable problems in society and in their private lives. This is shown not to be a paradox. The illusion of a paradox is based on overestimating hardship and in false theories on happiness.

Keywords:   well-being, hardship

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