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Happiness can only be experienced by individuals. While happiness can affect groups of people, its basic quality as a human emotion springs from a person's engagement with human reality. Like other existential categories, happiness is a vital concern of differentiated persons. In other words, happiness and sadness only occur to individuals. As such, happiness is not an objective event in…

Understanding the American Pursuit of Happiness
Happiness is now the serious study of human well-being. As the study of happiness becomes more serious and exact, happiness researchers become flush with optimism. They are optimistic that their findings will help individuals and policy makers make decisions that will contribute to happier results. For all of happiness’s gauzy connotations, happiness can be thoroughly…

The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime: Political Theory in Literature. Elizabeth Amato. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.
 
In a time marked by enormous economic inequality, upsurges in nationalism and racism, mounting environmental catastrophe, and political life tending toward factional conflict, it is tempting to conclude with scholars like Patrick Deneen, that liberalism has, indeed, failed.[1] Such a failure of…