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Background

Learn about the studies and/or facts that contributed to the creation of the Center for Studies on Well-Being.

The concept of happiness or subjective well-being has been studied from different perspectives. In various areas of science have been carried out -depth studies with the purpose of understanding what causes happiness in individuals. Although the different branches of science have shared an interest in and concern for understanding the subjective well-being of people, for a long time they followed different assumptions and worked in different directions.  

This trend has been changing in recent years; the study of happiness has started to take on an interdisciplinary character. There is hope that the global understanding of human nature may result in the implementation of more effective public policies aimed to increase well-being.

It is increasingly accepted that it is necessary to conduct studies concerning the subjective well-being and quality of life of people. The results of empirical studies show that individual happiness and unhappiness have important consequences on the social life of a country.  

The proposition that the best society is a society that provides the most happiness to the largest number of people stems from the utilitarian doctrine. This ambitious adventure assumes an understanding of the determiners of happiness.