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Redefining Success in America: A New Theory of Happiness and Human Development

Michael Kaufman


A foundational belief in America—that competitive success in education and career is a ticket to a good life—is not supported by research on happiness, but that research omits crucial considerations. This book investigates the relationship between success and happiness by leveraging a 46-year mixed-methods follow-up of a study of Harvard undergraduates from the 1960s (called the Harvard Student Study and unrelated to the Grant Study). It pioneers a qualitative and longitudinal approach to the study of happiness, drawing on unparalleled clinical life history interviews and survey data. The book ... More

Keywords: success, happiness, longitudinal, mixed-methods, narrative, life history, human development, personality, Harvard Student Study, Grant Study

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226550015
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226550299.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Kaufman, author
University of Chicago