Authentic Happiness, Self-Knowledge and Legal Policy

30 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2008 Last revised: 10 Feb 2015

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Peter H. Huang

University of Colorado Law School

Date Written: 2008


This Article analyzes three questions: can, how, and should legal policy help people in their individual quests for authentic happiness. This Article adopts psychologist Martin Seligman's definition of the phrase authentic happiness. This Article provides an introduction to examples of legal policies based upon empirical and experimental research in positive psychology, measures of subjective well-being, and quality of life studies.

Keywords: authentic happiness, positive psychology, subjective well-being, signature strengths, self-concordance, legal policy

JEL Classification: D60, D63, I131, K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Huang, Peter H., Authentic Happiness, Self-Knowledge and Legal Policy (2008). 9 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology 755 (2008), Available at SSRN:

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