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.
Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
Theories of Happiness: An Anthology
Edited by Jennifer Wilson Mulnix and M.J. Mulnix
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.