The Determinants of Happiness: Does Social Science Corroborate Baha'i Teachings? | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1354-8697
  • E-ISSN: 2040-1701


Happiness is generally considered an important if not the ultimate goal of life. Religion, by giving a prescription for living, purports to give the key to happiness. It prescribes a pattern for living to promote the happiness of individuals and collectively of humankind. There are numerous references in religious writings in general, and in Baha'i writings in particular, to factors/behaviours/social arrangements that lead to happiness. But is there empirical support for the claimed happiness-enhancing effects of these factors and behaviours? The paper asks how much support there is, in the social science literature, for the religious prescription for living.


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Keyword(s): Baha'i; happiness; religion; social science; survey data
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