Stephen G. Post

Newsletter March 15, 2021

New Book: Measuring Well-Being

Dear Friends,

Our Institute has a long history of promoting research that fosters well-being and flourishing. Indeed, this is an important outcome of active, transformative love that extends to all people without exception. Our Vice President, Matthew Lee, has been engaged with colleagues at Harvard in research, teaching and service to promote well-being and flourishing. For example:

Book: Measuring Well-Being

I am also delighted to share the good news that Matthew's new co-edited book, Measuring Well-Being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities, will be released by Oxford University Press on March 18 as a free download.

This edited volume focuses on both conceptual and practical challenges in measuring well-being. Leveraging insights across diverse disciplines, including psychology, economics, sociology, statistics, public health, theology, and philosophy, contributors consider the philosophical and theological traditions on happiness, well-being and the good life, as well as recent empirical research on well-being and its measurement. The chapters review what is known empirically about how different measures of well-being relate to each other and considers various arguments for and against use of specific measures of well-being in different contexts. Further, the volume includes discussion of how a synthesis of existing research helps us make sense of the proliferation of different measures and concepts within the field, while also foregrounding the insights gained by investigations and conceptual thinking occurring across diverse disciplines.

Measuring Well-Being will be free to download, or order a copy from Oxford University Press. Use promo code ASPROMP8 to save 30%. (Offer valid for individual customers when ordering direct from the Oxford University Press website. This offer is exclusive and cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any other promotional discounts.)

  • Provides leading-edge guidance on conceptualizing and measuring well-being from scholars who have led national and international projects
  • Offers a model of hospitable dialogue across disciplinary boundaries, synthesizing insights from multiple disciplines
  • Presents a consensus set of recommendations for measuring well-being, as well as dissenting viewpoints
  • This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license


"This interesting volume has something for everyone. It brings together the down-to-earth empiricism of the World Happiness Report with a wide range of philosophical and theological perspectives. And miraculously they produce agreed recommendations. A very thought-provoking read."
-- Richard Layard, Programme Director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, Co-editor of the World Happiness Report, and author of Can We Be Happier? Evidence and Ethics

"Measuring Well-Being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities, edited by Matthew Lee, Laura Kubzansky, and Tyler VanderWeele, is easily one of the most creative syntheses of past, present, and future research on well-being that exists. It is not often that a panel of such original and cooperative scholars—from disciplines such as psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, theology, economics, public health, political science, and policy—can be assembled. If you have an inquisitive mind and a creative motivation, this is a great read."
-- Everett L. Worthington Jr., Commonwealth Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, co-editor of Handbook of Humility: Theory, Research and Applications, and author of Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Theory and Application


Stephen G. Post, PhD


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