Have you ever wondered if there was a scientific method of measuring happiness? Wonder no more! In the Netherlands at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Dr. Ruut Veenhoven is the emeritus professor of “social conditions for human happiness.” He is also the director of the World Database of Happiness. This database can be found at the web address of http://www1.eur.nl/fsw/happiness/.
According to the website, “The World Database of Happiness is an ongoing register of scientific research on the subjective enjoyment of life. It brings together findings that are scattered throughout many studies and provides a basis for synthetic work.” On the website, “happiness is defined as the degree to which an individual judges the overall quality of his/her life-as-a-whole favorably.”
This website is very scientific, but it is also fascinating that there are individuals that are calculating people’s overall happiness. Check it out!
While looking over the scientific evidence, here are some of the library’s nonfiction books on finding happiness. Enjoy!
Happiness for Dummies
The Happiness Pursuit: What Neuroscience
Can Teach Us About the Good Life
Stumbling on Happiness
The Nine Rooms of Happiness: Loving Yourself, Finding
Your Purpose, and Getting Over Life’s Little Imperfections
Code to Joy: The Four-Step Solution to
Unlocking Your Natural State of Happiness
Exploring Happiness: From
Aristotle to Brain Science
The Happiness Myth: Why What We
Think is Right is Wrong: A History of
What Really Makes Us Happy
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s
Search for the Happiest Places in the World