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Enduring happiness: Integrating the hedonic and eudaimonic approaches

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In explaining individual happiness, economists have largely emphasized the hedonic, utilitarian, material, and tangible aspects of a person's life. Another important explanation which owes much to Aristotle's thought emphasizes the eudaimonic, the realization of a person's inherent qualities, one's true potential. An interesting and pertinent development is very recent research which draws on both psychology and Buddhist thought in order to understand individual happiness.

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  • Tomer, John F., 2011. "Enduring happiness: Integrating the hedonic and eudaimonic approaches," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 530-537.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:40:y:2011:i:5:p:530-537
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2011.04.003
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    1. John F. Tomer, 2003. "Personal Capital and Emotional Intelligence: An Increasingly Important Intangible Source of Economic Growth," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 29(3), pages 453-470, Summer.
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    Keywords

    Enduring happiness; Eudaimonic; Hedonic; Intangible capital; Imbalances; Buddhism; Personal capital;

    JEL classification:

    • Y - Miscellaneous Categories
    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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