How do the diverse disciplines of economics, pscyhology, and philosophy contribute to the contemporary study of happiness?
Psychology is important to the study of happiness, because it helps us to understand the workings of the brain and how we think. Happiness has an important relationship with what we mentally experience, which is studied in psychology. Economics is important to the study of happiness, because there are indications that material wealth affects happiness in some situations (like people far below poverty levels) while not in others, where it might otherwise be expected (like people who already have life’s necessities). Studies on happiness have been analyzed with economic studies to help suggest connections between economics and happiness. Philosophy is important to the study of happiness, because it is concerned with how we should live, and there are many different ideas on how the way that we live affects our happiness. Different philosophies offer radically different suggestions on what makes a happy person. For example, the sage Buddhist renounces pleasures of the body to achieve enlig