A Global Perspective on Friendship and Happiness

Tim Madigan, Tim Delaney (Eds.)

by Anastasia Malahova (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia), Tim Delaney (State University of New York at Oswego), Francesca Pullano (University of Milan, Italy), Adele Ryan McDowell , Daria Gorlova (Saint Petersburg State University, Russia), Rita Dirks (Ambrose University, Canada), Elena-Lidia Dinu , Ali Çaksu (Yıldız Technical University, Turkey; International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Fiona O'Hanlon , Tim Madigan (St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York and Bertrand Russell Society), Søren Harnow Klausen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark), Jocelyn Ahlers (California State University, USA), Bina Nir (The Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Israel), Karinya Ghiara (Columbia University), Nurul Huda Mohd Razif (University of Cambridge), Warner Woodworth (Brigham Young University, USA), Ioana Duta (EHESS, France), Andrea-Mariana Marian , Rejane Cristina de Araujo Rodrigues (, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Ivaldo Gonçalves de Lima (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil), Ranjeeta Basu (California State University, USA), Elisabeta Radu

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In A Global Perspective on Friendship and Happiness, editors Tim Delaney and Tim Madigan have organized a collection of original articles on the subjects of friendship and happiness. Each of these chapters offers a unique perspective and serves as worthy contributions to the field of friendship and happiness studies. The chapters found in this publication are the result of the "Happiness & Friendship" conference held June 12-14, 2017 at Mount Melleray Abbey, Waterford, Ireland. The contributing authors come from many diverse countries and academic disciplines thus enhancing this outstanding volume.

Sean Moran

Editors' Introduction


Chapter 1 “Are Electronic Friendships Real Friendships?”
Tim Delaney and Anastasia Malakhova

Chapter 2 “Familiar Strangers Versus Friends”
Tim Madigan and Anastasia Malakhova

Chapter 3 “Friendship and Happiness: The Cisternian Alternative”
Denis-Luke O'Hanlon

Chapter 4 “No Peaceful Coexistence Without Friendship”
Ali Caksu

Chapter 5 “Best Gay (Ex) Teacher”
Elena-Lidia Dinu

Chapter 6 “Forgetting Friendship”
Rita Dirks


Chapter 7 “Explaining How Happiness is Obtained”
Tim Delaney and Daria Gorlova

Chapter 8 “Bertrand Russell on Conquering Unhappiness”
Tim Madigan and Daria Gorlova

Chapter 9 “The Eleven Elements of Happiness”
Adele Ryan McDowell

Chapter 10 “Happiness: The Real Purpose of Philosophy”
Francesca Pullano

Chapter 11 “Dealing with Happiness”
Soren Harnow Klausen

Chapter 12 “Success and Happiness”
Bina Nir


Chapter 13 “Why Do You Knit?”
Jocelyn Ahlers and Marie D. Thomas

Chapter 14 “Impact of Tourism on Happiness”
Ranjeeta Basu and Mtafiti Imara

Chapter 15 “Aging in Place?”
Ivaldo Lima and Rejane Rodrigues

Chapter 16 “Canopy Places: The Good Life in Rio de Janeiro”
Ivaldo Lima

Chapter 17 “Forgetting Happiness: A View on Prioritizing Desires”
Ioana Duta

Chapter 18 “A Mormon View on Happiness”
Warner P. Woodworth

Chapter 19 “The Unhappy Polygamist”
Nurul Huda Mohd Razif

Chapter 20 “Straight from the Horse's Mouth”
Karinya Ghiara

Chapter 21 “How to Prepare for the Golden Age of Happiness”
Elisabeta Radu

Michelle Ryan

Tim Delaney is Professor and Department Chair of Sociology at the State University of New York at Oswego and is the author of numerous books and articles. He has research interests in many areas of speciality including friendship and happiness studies, social theory, popular culture, sports studies and crime and social deviance.

Tim Madigan is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. He is the President of the Bertrand Russell Society and co-editor (with Peter Stone) of the book Bertrand Russell: Public Intellectual. He is also the co-author (with Tim Delaney) of the books Friendship and Happiness and the Connection Between the Two, Lessons Learned from Popular Culture, The Sociology of Sport (2nd edition), and Beyond Sustainability: A Thriving Environment.

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Book Title
A Global Perspective on Friendship and Happiness
Number of pages
Physical size
236mm x 160mm
Publication date
April 2018