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Geography Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 150491, 5 pages
Review Article

Omitted Variables in the Geographical Treatment of Well-Being and Happiness

Geography Department, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Avenue, St. Catharines, ON, Canada L2S 3A1

Received 2 April 2014; Accepted 9 June 2014; Published 19 June 2014

Academic Editor: Siyue Li

Copyright © 2014 Dragos Simandan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper provides a critical engagement with state-of-the-art research from positive psychology and behavioral genetics that directly challenges social geographers’ working hypothesis that people’s well-being and happiness can dramatically be improved by suitably modifying unjust social arrangements and exploitative economic relations. It is intended to generate interest in this neglected body of work in general and awareness of its politically regressive implications in particular.