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International Differences in Well-Being$
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Ed Diener, Daniel Kahneman, and John Helliwell

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732739.001.0001

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The Structure of Well-Being in Two Cities: Life Satisfaction and Experienced Happiness in Columbus, Ohio; and Rennes, France

The Structure of Well-Being in Two Cities: Life Satisfaction and Experienced Happiness in Columbus, Ohio; and Rennes, France

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(p.16) 2 The Structure of Well-Being in Two Cities: Life Satisfaction and Experienced Happiness in Columbus, Ohio; and Rennes, France
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International Differences in Well-Being
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Daniel Kahneman

David A. Schkade

Claude Fischler

Alan B. Krueger

Amy Krilla

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732739.003.0002

A study using the Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) was carried out to examine the determinants of two aspects of well-being: experienced happiness and life satisfaction. Participants were 770 women in Columbus, Ohio and 700 women in Rennes, France. Results are generally similar in the two cities. Life satisfaction reflects the global circumstances of the individual’s life (marital status, income), but happiness reflects the hedonic value of the activities and social interactions to which she allocates her time. The circumstances of a satisfying life have hedonic costs as well as benefits and are associated more consistently with activation/arousal than with happiness. The complex hedonic effects of life circumstances suggest an alternative interpretation of the hedonic treadmill.

Keywords:   well-being, happiness, life satisfaction, hedonic treadmill, day reconstruction method, DRM, international

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