Why Are Some People Happier Than Others?
Happiness and life satisfaction
Write an essay on the following!!
1. “To what extent does research evidence support the claim that that happiness and satisfaction in life are under the control of the individual.”
Guidance for this assessment
Both options require you to demonstrate your knowledge of the material covered in the relevant lecture on these topics and apply this to discussing the implications of this for the question at hand. You will also need to demonstrate your academic ability in finding and integrating material from a wider range of sources. Some key concepts here are: definitions (and problems of definition) of the key terms, (happiness, life satisfaction, emotional intelligence etc.) consideration of the nature and quality of relevant research evidence, the validity of the interpretation of the research findings and perhaps how generalizable they are. You should structure these issues into a coherent and cogent argument demonstrating your ability to evaluate theories with evidence and coming to a reasoned, balanced conclusion that is supported by your treatment of the evidence.
Related formative assessment opportunities
The related workshops on happiness/life satisfaction and emotional intelligence provide an opportunity for formative discussion of the topics. (See module year planner above.)
Suggested reading for this assessment
This assessment gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your scholarship in literature search using online databases such as PsycINFO, ProQuest etc. Below are some references to help you as starting points for your research:
Option 1: Happiness and life satisfaction
Bartram, D., & Boniwell, I. (2007). The science of happiness: achieving sustained psychological wellbeing. In Practice, 29(8), 478–482. http://doi.org/10.1136/inpract.29.8.478
Erdogan, B., Bauer, T. N., Truxillo, D. M., & Mansfield, L. R. (2012). Whistle While You Work: A Review of the Life Satisfaction Literature. Journal of Management, 38(4), 1038–1083. http://doi.org/10.1177/0149206311429379
Lykken, D. T., & Tellegen, A. (1996). Happiness is a Stochastic Phenomenon. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9280.1996.tb00355.xLyubomirsky, S., Sheldon, K. M., & Schkade, D. (2005). Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change. Review of General Psychology, 9(2), 111–131. http://doi.org/10.1037/1089-2618.104.22.168
Lyubomirsky, S. (2001). Why Are Some People Happier Than Others? American Psychologist. http://doi.org/1O.1O37//0OO3-O66X.56.3.239
Lyubomirsky, S., Sheldon, K. M., & Schkade, D. (2005). Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change. Review of General Psychology, 9(2), 111–131. http://doi.org/10.1037/1089-2622.214.171.124
Seligman, M. E. P., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). Positive psychology – An introduction. American Psychologist, 55(1), 5–14. http://doi.org/10.1037//0003-066x.55.1.5
Sheldon, K. M., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2007). Is It Possible to Become Happier? (And If So, How?). Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 1(1), 129–145. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9004.2007.00002.x
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