Some Important Names in Happiness Studies

Here are just a few names of people who have contributed to our better understanding of happiness. The list is far from complete, but it is a place to start.

In alphabetical order:

Al-Ghazali

Aristotle

Thomas Aquinas

Tal Ben-Shahar

Buddha

Neil Cohn

Confucius

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Richard Davidson

Ed Diener

Carol Dweck

Barbara Ehrenreich

Epicurus

Victor Frankl

Barbara Fredrickson

Marie Jahoda

William James

Jonathan Kabat-Zinn

Danniel Kanneman

Dacher Keltner

Ellen Langer

John Locke

Sonja Lyubomirsky

Abraham Maslow

Iris Mauss

Mencius

Robert Novick

Shigehiro Oishi

Mathieu Ricard

Laurie Santos

Martin E. Seligman

Emiliana Simon-Thomas

Socrates

Dr. Amit Sood

William Tov

Ashley Whillans

Zhuangzi

( Additionally, https://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/ offers detailed discussions about many key figures in happiness research.)

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