chapter  7
The Value of Happiness
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As we have seen there is no doubt that as a matter of fact people think that happiness matters. D.C. Butler's research led to the conclusion that students, the general public and educators alike all placed happiness high, sometimes highest, on their list of desired ends.1 This finding is supported by other research such as that of Blai,2 whose study of Harcum Junior College showed that all students regarded happiness as their most important goal, and the 'Mood of American Youth' survey, which found that 'happiness and family life are valued as vital elements to a complete and satisfying life .3 There is more than a smack of tautology about that remark, of course (how could one have a complete and satisfying life while being unhappy?); nonetheless the spirit of it has never been seriously

challenged by research. Happiness is generally thought to be a good thing.