Myths in the science of happiness, and directions for future research
Diener, E. (2008). Myths in the science of happiness, and directions for future research. In M. Eid & R. J. Larsen, (Eds.). The science of subjective well-being (pp.493-514). New York: Guilford Press
In this chapter I review several myths that I believe are widespread. As the science of well-being has become more popular with journalists, these myths have been promulgated to the public, and they are often readily accepted because they provide a simplified view of reality that is in accord with people's preconceptions and values. In some cases, the misunderstandings are based on early research and only recently has better evidence shown them to be myths. My purpose in reviewing these misunderstandings is not to point fingers or to blame--I have communicated these ideas too. Instead, my purpose is to describe the oversimplifications so that the field continues to develop in sophisticated and accurate directions.
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