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March 19, 2013

ISQOLS Vice President: Call 4 Vote

Dear ISQOLS members,

It’s that time again – time to exercise your ISQOLS voting rights and have your say!

After forming ISQOLS Board of Directors with your help, the new Executive Committee needs to be defined. Our President Filomena Maggino identified the Vice-Presidents for each field. In accordance with the ISQOLS by-laws (see our website), VPs need the approval of the general membership (majority vote).

The Vice-President proposals:

VP Academic Affairs: Giampaolo Nuvolati
VP External Affairs: Graciela Tonon
VP Finance: Mariano Rojas
VP Professional Affairs: Ferran Casas
VP Programs: Peter Krause
VP Publications: Laura Camfield
VPs Publicity/Membership: Ming-Chang Tsai  and Jose de Jesus Garcia

All these colleagues are members of the Board-of-Directors (2013-14) and most of them previously already served as members of the Executive Committee.

As an ISQOLS member, you have a say in who represents and gouverns ISQOLS - please cast your vote here [extern link]



Your ISQOLS team

March 12, 2013

NEW ISSUE ALERT: Journal of Happiness Studies Vol. 14 No. 1

To view the table of content visit SpringerLink

March 6, 2013

NEW ISSUE ALERT: Social Indicators Research Vol. 111 No. 2

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March 1, 2013

An Eye on Happiness; happiness as an additional goal for citizens and governments.

An Eye on Happiness; happiness as an additional goal for citizens and governments.  

Dissertation dr. mr. J.C. Ott, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands


An eye on happiness

The quality of government is a crucial factor for average happiness in nations; a higher quality goes together with more happiness. The quality of governments also determines the relationship between the size of governments and happiness. This relationship is positive if this quality is good, and negative if this quality is bad. A high quality of governments eventually leads to less inequality in happiness. Since happier people are also more altruistic, and more prepared to promote the public interest, it makes sense to recognize happiness as an additional goal.

Poor and rich nations

These conclusions are based on an analysis of important publications and comparative research on the position in 2006 in 130 nations.  In particular in poor nations average happiness can go up by improvements in government. There are no indications, however, that this actually happens. According to the World Bank Institute, assessing the quality of governments, there is no rising trend since 1998. In rich nations, on the other hand, economic growth hardly contributes to happiness. The implication is that governments in rich nations can reconsider their priorities, and put more priority on sustainability to protect the happiness of future generations. They can also put more priority on the happiness of people in poor nations, who are currently substantially less happy.

Full text (pdf)

For questions or comments, mail to:  jan.ott@planet.nl

February 26, 2013

NEW ISSUE ALERT: Quality of Life Research Vol. 22 No. 2

To view the table of content visit SpringerLink

February 21, 2013

QOL Research in Germany (Der Spiegel)

The leading German weekly Der Spiegel recently published an article on human happiness citing QOL researcher Jan Delhey from the "Happiness Research Group".

http://www.spiegel.de/spiegelwissen/sehnsucht-nach-glueck-was-genau-macht-ein-glueckliches-leben-aus-a-884207.html [German]

"A range of social factors are in play here, says Delhey, but also individual ones. He has developed a formula for happiness based on years of research: "Having, loving, being" are the corner points of his triangle of well-being. The three factors having, loving, being can be emphasized individually, but no aspect can substitute the other entirely."

Why Lousiana is the saddest state.

A team at the Vermont Complex Systems Center analyzed 10 million geo-tagged tweets and coded each tweet for its happiness content, based on the appearance and frequency of words determined by Mechanical Turk workers to be happy (rainbow, love, beauty, hope, wonderful, wine) or sad (damn, boo, ugly, smoke, hate, lied). While the researchers admit their technique ignores context, they say that for large datasets, simply counting the words and averaging their happiness content produces "reliable" results.

The results is a geography of happiness based on twitter tweets.


February 14, 2013

Verified by VISA, 3D Secure Code of MasterCard

Now that the ISQOLS website is fully up and running, more and more membership renewals are coming in. Some of you might have already noticed that we adopted additional security measures for online credit card payments.

"Verified by Visa" (http://www.visaeurope.com/en/cardholders/verified_by_visa.aspx) and "Mastercard Secure Code" (http://www.mastercard.us/securecode.html) add an extra layer of security to online payments by verifying your identity to your credit card provider (not ISQOLS) and thus preventing credit card fraud. They are being implemented by more and more online shops and other sites that rely on online payments. Because we take the security of our members very seriously, we also decided to add some additional security.

All you have to do is check the compatibility of your credit card and sign up with your bank or credit card provider. This is quickly done online.

When making a payment to ISQOLS by credit card, you enter your credit card data as usual and a separate window will be opened containing a personalized message proving the request is genuine and not itself fraudulent. You will then be asked for a password or security number which you either determine yourself or receive from your credit card provider. Once submitted, your identity is confirmed and your payment authorized.

February 13, 2013

NEW ISSUE ALERT: Applied Research in Quality of Life Vol. 8 No. 1

To view the table of content visit SpringerLink

February 8, 2013

Newspaper article on GDP and SWB

In the British newspaper Telegraph there is an article about the Easterlin paradox and the link between GDP and happiness in general. Several papers from ISQOLS members are mentioned. Here is the link:


Jan Delhey & Christian Kroll

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