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Letters Happiness research

Happiness research ignores social factors

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 09 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2252
  1. Patricia N Neville, lecturer in social sciences
  1. School of Oral and Dental Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS1 2LY, UK
  1. patricia.neville{at}

As a sociologist, I was interested to read the interview with Paul Litchfield about happiness research.1 The value and purpose of happiness research has been much debated and critiqued in sociology.23 Happiness and wellbeing undoubtedly have personal and interpersonal value, but we need …

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