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Richard Estes is Professor of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
M. Joseph Sirgy is Virginia Tech Real Estate Professor of Marketing at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA.
Foreword, Harry Halloran / Preface / List of Tables, Charts, and Figures / PART I: Historical Understanding of Well-Being / 1. Introduction / 2. A Brief History of Well-Being and Its Meaning for Humanity / PART II: Sectoral Analysis of Well-being Worldwide / 3. Gains in Health Well-Being Worldwide / 4. Gains in Economic Well-Being Worldwide / 5. Gains in Educational Well-Being Worldwide / PART III: Toward a More Positive Future / 6. Policies That Work
This remarkable book by two of the most productive scholars in the field of quality of life studies is a delightfully readable overview of the last 100 years of research. The central focus is precisely where it should be, on economic, social, psychological and physical well-being aided and directed by cooperatively crafted evidence-based individual initiatives and public policies.
— Alex Michalos, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Northern British Columbia
Advances in Well-Being dispels 21st century pessimism when meticulously detailing how quality of life has improved for citizens living in both developed and developing countries over the century. Extraordinary gains in health, education and economic well-being have been achieved in spite of many social, political and economic set-backs. Drawing on evidence from around the globe, the book identifies the key drivers of this remarkable story of social progress. Readers of this richly illustrated and timely book will want to rethink their strategies for sustaining the momentum ‘to bring about the world we all want’ for future generations living on the planet.
— Valerie Møller, Professor Emeritus, Quality of Life Studies, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University
Written by two gurus in the field, this is an excellent book illustrating how the science and application of well-being can create a better world. From the book, the readers will appreciate the historical and philosophical foundations of human well-being and gain insights on advances in this field. It is a book that cannot be missed by every human being.
— Daniel Shek, Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
This book shows us that there are good reasons to be optimistic about the future of humanity. It is not only that there are positive trends in the main indicators of quality of life in all regions of the world but, fundamentally, that the desire to make good things happen seems to be intrinsic to human nature.
— Mariano Rojas, President, International Society for Quality of Life Studies