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Happiness Around the WorldThe paradox of happy peasants and miserable millionaires$
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Carol Graham

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199549054

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199549054.001.0001

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Happiness and Health across Countries and Cultures1

Happiness and Health across Countries and Cultures1

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(p.116) Chapter 5 Happiness and Health across Countries and Cultures1
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Happiness Around the World
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Carol Graham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199549054.003.0006

This chapter examines the relationship between happiness and health, and how it varies according to income levels, health status, and societal norms across countries and cultures. It first considers variations in the health-happiness relationship by citing the example of obesity. It then explores the role of poverty and inequality in the happiness-health relationship before turning to a discussion of the effects of different illnesses on one's life by presenting some evidence from well-being surveys and Euro-Quality 5 Dimensions scores for Latin America. It also demonstrates how happiness surveys can contribute to novel measures of human well-being and concludes by analysing the policy implications of happiness studies.

Keywords:   happiness, health, income, obesity, poverty, inequality, illnesses, Latin America, human well-being

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