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Journal Articles

  1. Weijers, Dan & Agar, Nicholas (2023). Why we're seduced by climate tech and what it means for our happiness, Frontiers in Climate, 5: 1193581.

  2. Jarden, Rebecca J., Joshanloo, Mohsen, Weijers, Dan, Sandham, Margaret, Jarden, Aaron J. (2022). Predictors of Life Satisfaction in New Zealand: Analysis of a National Dataset. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(9), 5612;

  3. Munn, Nick & Weijers, Dan (2022). Corporate responsibility for the termination of digital friends, AI & Society, online first.

  4. Weijers, Dan (2021) Don't Miss the Well-Being Train: A Radical Proposal for Revolution in Positive Psychology. Frontiers in Psychology. 12:794065.

  5. Joshanloo, Mohsen, Weijers, Dan, & Bond, Michael (2021). Cultural Religiosity Moderates the Relationship Between Perceived Societal Injustice and Satisfaction with One’s Life. Personality and Individual Differences, 179, 110891.'s site.

  6. Joshanloo, Mohsen, Weijers, Dan (2019) A two-dimensional conceptual framework for understanding mental well-being. PLoS ONE, 14(3): e0214045.

  7. Weijers, Dan & Morrison, Philip, S. (2018). Wellbeing and Public Policy: Can New Zealand be a Leading Light for the Wellbeing Approach?, Policy Quarterly, 14(4): 3-12. The free official version.

  8. Weijers, Dan & Keyser, Vadim (2016). The Varieties and Dynamics of Moral Repugnance: Prediction Markets and Betting on Matters of Life and Death, The Humanities and Technology Review, 35: 91-129. The free official version.

  9. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2016). Religiosity Moderates the Relationship between Income Inequality and Life Satisfaction across the Globe, Social Indicators Research, 128(2): 731-750. The official version

  10. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2016). Religiosity Reduces the Negative Influence of Injustice on Subjective Well-being: A Study in 121 Nations, Applied Research in Quality of Life, 11(2): 601-612. The official version

  11. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan, Jiang, Ding-Yu, et al. (2015). Fragility of Happiness Beliefs Across 15 National Groups. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16(5): 1185-1210. The official version

  12. Weijers, Dan and Richardson, Jennifer (2014). Is the Repugnance about Betting on Terrorist Attacks Misguided? Ethics and Information Technology. The official version

  13. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2014). Does Thinking about the Meaning of Life Make you Satisfied with Life in a Religious and Globalised World? A 75-Nation Study, Journal of Psychology in Africa (special section on 'Meaning and Relational Well-being'), 24(1): 115-128. The official version

    • Temporarily (2015) republished in an open access collection of the top 3 most downloaded articles published in each Routledge Behavioral Sciences journal in 2014.

  14. Weijers, Dan and Richardson, Jennifer (2014). A Moral Analysis of Effective Prediction Markets on Terrorism. International Journal of Technoethics, special issue: "Military Technoethics Beyond", 5(1): 28-43. Official Version

    • Republished as Weijers, Dan & Richardson, Jennifer (2014). A Moral Analysis of Effective Prediction Markets on Terrorism. In Human Rights and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (4 volumes). Editor-in-Chief: Mehdi Khosrow-Pour. Information Resources Management Association (USA), Vol. 4, pp. 1720-1736. Official version.

  15. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2014). Aversion to happiness across cultures: A review of where and why people are averse to happiness, Journal of Happiness Studies, 15(3): 717-735. The official version

  16. Weijers, Dan (2014). Optimistic Naturalism: Scientific Advancement and the Meaning of Life, Sophia, 53: 1-18. The official version

  17. Weijers, Dan (2014). Nozick's Experience Machine is Dead, Long Live the Experience Machine!, Philosophical Psychology, 27(4): 513-535. The official version

  18. Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2013). The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview, Journal of Social Research and Policy, 4(2). The free official version

    • Republished (In Spanish) as Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2016). The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview, in David Gómez-Álvarez and Víctor Ortiz Ortega (eds.), Policies and Subjective Wellbeing: Happiness in the Public Agenda. Banco de Desarrollo de America Latina and Ariel. Introduction and front stuff.

  19. Weijers, Dan & Schouten, Vanessa (2013). An assessment of recent responses to the experience machine objection to hedonism, Journal of Value Inquiry, 47(4), 461-482. The official version

  20. Weijers, Dan (2013). Intuitive Biases in Judgements about Thought Experiments: The Experience Machine Revisited, Philosophical Writings, 41(1): 17-31. The free official version

  21. Weijers, Dan (2012). We Can Test the Experience Machine, Ethical Perspectives, 19(2), pp. 261-268.

  22. Turton, Dan (2009). The Real Dirt on Happiness Studies: A Reply to 'The Unhappy thing about Happiness Economics', Real-world Economics Review, 49: 83-89. The free official version

Book Chapters

  1. Munn, Nick and Weijers, Dan (2023). Friendship, love, and sex with droids in Solo: "How would that work?" "It works". In Eberl, J.T. & Decker, K. S. (eds.), Star Wars and Philosophy Strikes back: This is the Way. Wiley Blackwell: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, pp. 143-151.  Official version. Last author version.

  2. Weijers, Dan and Munn, Nick (2022), ’Human-AI Friendship: Rejecting the ‘appropriate sentimentality’ criterion’, in Vincent C. Müller (ed.), Philosophy and theory of artificial intelligence 2021 (SAPERE 63; Berlin: Springer), 209-223. Last author version.

  3. Weijers, Dan (2021). Wellbeing and the four qualities of life. In A. C. Michalos (ed.), The Pope of Happiness: A Festschrift for Ruut Veenhoven. (pp. 277-290). Springer. Publisher's site. Last author version.

  4. Weijers, Dan (2021). "Chapter 15. “Just wrong,” “disgusting,” “grotesque”: How to Deal with Public Rejection of New Potentially Life-saving Technologies", in Steff, R., Soare, S., & Burton, J. (eds.), Emerging Technologies and International Security: Machines, the State and War. Routledge, pp. 254-272. Publisher's site. Last author version.

  5. Weijers, Dan (2020). Teaching well-being/quality of life from a philosophical perspective, in Graciela Tonon (ed.), Teaching Quality of Life in Different Domains. Springer, pp. 15-42. Publisher's siteMy chapter.

  6. Buscicchi, Lorenzo & Weijers, Dan (2019). The paradox of happiness: the more you chase it the more elusive it becomes, in John Watson (ed.), The Conversation Yearbook 2019: 50 standout articles from Australia’s top thinkers. Melbourne University Press, pp. 140-143. Publisher's site. Republishing of Buscicchi, Lorenzo & Weijers, Dan (2019). The Paradox of Happiness: The more you chase it the more elusive it becomes, The Conversation, 27 May. Link.

  7. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2019). Islamic Perspectives on Wellbeing, in Louise Lambert & Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi (eds.), Positive Psychology in the GCC Nations (and beyond): An Introduction to Research, Policy, and Practice. Springer, pp. 237-256.

  8. Weijers, Dan (2018). Prediction Markets, in Robert W. Kolb (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society: 2nd edition. Sage, pp. 2716-2718.

  9. Weijers, Dan & DiSilvestro, Russell (2017). The morality of experience machines for palliative and end of life care, in Mark Silcox (ed.), Experience Machines: The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds. Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 183-201. Publisher's site.

  10. Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2017). Wellbeing Policy, in Mike Slade, Lindsay Oades & Aaron Jarden (eds.), Wellbeing, Recovery and Mental Health. Cambridge University Press, pp. 24-34. (This chapter reproduces some of the material from Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron. The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview). Publisher's site.

  11. Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2017). The International Journal of Wellbeing: An Open Access Success Story, in Rajiv Jhangiani & Robert Biswas-Diener (eds.), Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science. Ubiquity Press, pp. 181-194. Free official version of whole book.

  12. Michalos, Alex & Weijers, Dan (2017). Western Historical Traditions of Well-Being, in Richard Estes and Joseph Sirgy (eds.), The Pursuit of Well-Being: The Untold Global History, Springer, pp. 31-57. Publisher's site

  13. Weijers, Dan (2016). Prediction Markets as an Alternative to One More Spy, in Jai Galliott & Warren Reed (eds.), Ethics and the Future of Spying: Technology, Intelligence Collection and National Security, Routledge, pp. 80-92. Publisher's site.

  14. Weijers, Dan (2011). The Experience Machine Objection to Hedonism, in Just the Arguments, Edited by Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 229-231. Link

  15. Weijers, Dan (2011). Reality Doesn't Really Matter, in Inception and Philosophy, Edited by D. Kyle Johnson, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 92-107. Link

  16. Weijers, Dan, Eng, David & Das, Ramon (2010). Sharing the Responsibility of Dealing with Climate Change: Interpreting the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities, in Public Policy: Why Ethics Matters, Edited by Jonathan Boston, Andrew Bradstock & David Eng, ANU E Press, pp. 141-158. Link

Other Peer-Reviewed Academic Publications

  1. Munn, Nick & Weijers, Dan (2021). Good friendships improve our lives. But can virtual friendships be good? In Kommers, P. & Macedo, M. (eds.), Proceedings of the ICT, society, and human beings 2021 conference, pp. 238-241. Link

  2. Weijers, Dan & Turton, H. Joseph (2021). "Environmentally smart contracts for artists using non-fungible tokens," 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), 2021, pp. 1-4,

  3. Weijers, Dan & Munn, Nick (2021). Technology as cause of and solution to the empathy problem. In Nyíri, K. (ed.), The Sherry Turkle Miracle. Hungarian Academy of Sciences, pp. 20-21. Available from:

  4. Weijers, Dan (2013). Prediction Markets, Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT. (This article won a £500 prize from the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT). Link

  5. van der Meer, Larah & Weijers, Dan (2013). Educational psychology research on children with developmental disabilities using expensive ICT devices, Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT. (This article won a £500 prize from the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT). Link

  6. Weijers, Dan (2011). Hedonism, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Available from:

Policy White Papers

  1. Weijers, Dan & Mukherjee, Udayan (2016). Living Standards, Wellbeing, and Public Policy, The New Zealand Treasury. Available from:

  2. Weijers, Dan (2012). National Accounts that Make Governments More Efficient by Making Them More Accountable. Available from the official Bhutanese government's website for the UN meeting on 'Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm'. Link

Short Articles and Blog Posts

  1. Jarden, Rebecca, J., Jarden, Aaron, & Weijers, Dan (2022). Life satisfaction in New Zealand. Scholarly Community Encyclodpedia. Link​. (Based on our: Predictors of Life Satisfaction in New Zealand: Analysis of a National Dataset. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(9), 5612).

  2. Weijers, Dan, Munn, Nick, Buscicchi, Lorenzo (2021). Happy Endings: Does size or shape matter most? Daily Philosophy, 23 June 2021. Link

  3. Munn, Nick, Buscicchi, Lorenzo, Weijers, Dan (2021). Selling Happiness, One Chump at a Time. Daily Philosophy, 16 June 2021. Link

  4. Munn, Nick, Buscicchi, Lorenzo, Weijers, Dan (2021). The Utility Monster is... other people! Daily Philosophy, 9 June 2021. Link

  5. Buscicchi, Lorenzo, Weijers, Dan, Munn, Nick (2021). Enlightened Self-interest: Friends with Benefits. Daily Philosophy, 2 June 2021. Link

  6. Buscicchi, Lorenzo, Weijers, Dan, Munn, Nick (2021). Psychological Hedonism: You Know You Want It. Daily Philosophy, 26 May 2021. Link

  7. Weijers, Dan, Munn, Nick, Buscicchi, Lorenzo (2021). Simulating pleasure: If it feels good, does it matter whether it’s real? Daily Philosophy, 19 May 2021. Link

  8. Weijers, Dan, Munn, Nick, & Buscicchi, Lorenzo (2021). Is pleasure good? Daily Philosophy, 12 May 2021. Link

  9. Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2021). The International Journal of Wellbeing: Ten years on and the next ten years. International Journal of Wellbeing, 11(1), 1-7. Link

  10. Ulatowski, Joe, Weijers, Dan, & Sytsma, Justin (2020). Corpus Methods in Philosophy, The Brains Blog, 15 December 2020. Link

  11. Weijers, Dan & Munn, Nick (2019). Almonds don’t lactate, but that’s no reason to start calling almond milk juice, The Conversation, 7 August. Link

  12. Buscicchi, Lorenzo & Weijers, Dan (2019). The Paradox of Happiness: The more you chase it the more elusive it becomes, The Conversation, 27 May. Link

  13. Weijers, Dan (2016). Privileging our future hedonic states, The Dance of Reason, 26 September. Link

  14. Weijers, Dan (2015). When the science of happiness meets public policy, can freedom increase?, The Dance of Reason, 28 September. Link

  15. Weijers, Dan (2015). Will we be faithful to our philosophical methodology or our moral values? The experience machine thought experiment in an increasingly virtual world, The Dance of Reason, 2 August. Link

  16. Weijers, Dan (2015). To Push or Not to Push? Should that be the Question?, The Dance of Reason, 15 February. Link

  17. Weijers, Dan (2015). Happy Valentine's Day Baby!, The Dance of Reason, 14 February. Link

  18. Weijers, Dan (2014). The Happiness of Philosophers, The Dance of Reason, 19 October. Link

  19. Weijers, Dan (2014). Does Philosophy Make Us Happy? The Dance of Reason, 12 October. Link

  20. Weijers, Dan (2014). Science, technology, and the meaning of life, The Dance of Reason, 26 February. Link

  21. Weijers, Dan (2011). National Accounts of Well-Being: What Should We Put in the Census?, Social Europe Journal, 15 February 2011. Link

  22. Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2011). Wipe that Smile Off Your Face, The Philosopher's Magazine, 52: 53-58. Link

  23. Weijers, Dan, Jarden, Aaron, & Powdthavee, Nattavudh (2011). Promoting Research on Wellbeing, International Journal of Wellbeing, 1(1): 1-3. Link

  24. Weijers, Dan (2010). A Warning to Policy-Makers: What Exactly is Well-Being Anyway?, Social Europe Journal, 10 September 2010. Link


  1. Weijers, D., Jarden, A., Angner, E., Burns, G., Chadwick, E., Jose, P., Joshanloo, M., Tarragona, M., & Thin, N. (2013). A Review of The Oxford Handbook of Happiness, International Journal of Wellbeing, 3(2), 213-228. Link

  2. Morrison, Philip & Weijers, Dan (2012). Wellbeing and Public Policy Conference: A Report on the June 2012 Conference in Wellington, New Zealand. Available from the Wellbeing and Public Policy website. Link

  3. Morrison, Philip & Weijers, Dan (2012). Wellbeing in Wellington: A report on the June 2012 Wellbeing and Public Policy Conference, Policy Quarterly, 8(4), 51-55.

  4. Weijers, Dan (2010). Bok, Derek, The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being, New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology Newsletter. Link

  5. Weijers, Dan (2010). Bok, Derek, The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being, Metapsychology Online. Link

  6. Turton, Dan (2010). Hanson, Rick, Buddha's Brain: The Practical neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom, Metapsychology Online. Link

  7. Turton, Dan (2009). Kraut, Richard. What is Good and Why: The Ethics of Well-Being, Metapsychology Online. Link

  8. Turton, Dan (2009). Kringelbach, Morten, The Pleasure Center: Trust Your Animal Instincts, Metapsychology Online. Link

  9. Turton, Dan (2008). Frey, Bruno, Happiness: A Revolution in Economics, Metapsychology Online. Link

  10. Turton, Dan (2007). Feldman, Fred, Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties and Plausibility of Hedonism, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 85(2): 338-340. Link

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