For those wanting to learn more about well-being research, here are some good starting points: books and articles that give an overview of the field, or some part of it. For the most part, readings focus on psychology and philosophy, as these fields have substantial and well-defined bodies of literature covering many aspects of the subject. We have also included titles from behavioral economics and other fields about irrationality and other sources of mistakes, which are central concerns for well-being research.
Note that this is just a small sampling of the literature; there are many other excellent sources. Most are written for academic audiences, but some are very accessible. All articles can be downloaded for free.
Edited by Ilona Boniwell, Susan A. David, and Amanda Conley Ayers
Perhaps the broadest overview of happiness and well-being research, including chapters on philosophy as well as theology and religious studies.
Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
Daniel M. Haybron
A philosophical exploration of happiness and well-being that includes a broad survey of the literature on irrationality and other mistakes
The Oxford Handbook of Well-Being and Public Policy
Edited by Matthew D. Adler and Marc Fleurbaey
There are too many excellent books grounded in the science for us to list here, but below you will find a selection of titles by our advisory board members and grant winners.