"I learned that happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and that even when everything is in place it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy."
About Edward F. Diener:
Ed Diener is the Joseph R. Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, at the University of Illinois. He received his doctorate at the University of Washington in 1974, and has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois ever since. He was the president of both the International Society of Quality of Life Studies and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. He was the first president of the International Positive Psychology Association. Diener was the editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and one of the founding editors of the Journal of Happiness Studies. Diener was also the founding editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science. He has over 325 publications, with over 200 being in the area of the psychology of well-being.
His research focuses on the measurement of well-being; temperament and personality influences on well-being; theories of well-being; income and well-being; and cultural influences on well-being. He finds in the first-ever representative sample of the world that there are some universal correlates of subjective well-being, such as interpersonal trust and respect, and also some culture-specific correlates. For example, self-esteem is more associated with life satisfaction in individualistic societies and less associated with it in collectivistic societies. Similarly, religion is a stronger correlate of life satisfaction in highly religious societies.
Ed Diener has developed several scales that are in widespread use. For example, his Satisfaction with Life Scale has been cited over 8,000 times in the scientific literature, and his newer psychological flourishing scale is also being widely used. One of his current research interests is
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