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Needs and subjective well-being around the world.
  • L. Tay, E. Diener
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1 August 2011
Across a sample of 123 countries, we examined the association between the fulfillment of needs and subjective well-being (SWB), including life evaluation, positive feelings, and negative feelings.Expand
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The religion paradox: if religion makes people happy, why are so many dropping out?
As we estimate here, 68% of human beings--4.6 billion people--would say that religion is important in their daily lives. Past studies have found that the religious, on average, have higher subjectiveExpand
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Theory and Validity of Life Satisfaction Scales
National accounts of subjective well-being are being considered and adopted by nations. In order to be useful for policy deliberations, the measures of life satisfaction must be psychometricallyExpand
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Leisure and Subjective Well-Being: A Model of Psychological Mechanisms as Mediating Factors
Leisure is a key life domain and a core ingredient for overall well-being. Yet, within positive psychology, its definition and the psychological pathways by which it evokes happiness are elusiveExpand
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Gender differences in narcissism: a meta-analytic review.
Despite the widely held belief that men are more narcissistic than women, there has been no systematic review to establish the magnitude, variability across measures and settings, and stability overExpand
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Findings All Psychologists Should Know From the New Science on Subjective Well-Being
Recent decades have seen rapid growth in the science of subjective well-being (SWB), with 14,000 publications a year now broaching the topic. The insights of this growing scholarly literature can beExpand
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Rising income and the subjective well-being of nations.
We explored whether rising income in nations is associated with increasing subjective well-being (SWB), with several advances over earlier work. Our methods are improved in that across time, the sameExpand
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Leisure engagement and subjective well-being: A meta-analysis.
Numerous studies show a link between leisure engagement and subjective well-being (SWB). Drawing on common experiential features of leisure, psychological need theories, and bottom-up models of SWB,Expand
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Advances in subjective well-being research
The empirical science of subjective well-being, popularly referred to as happiness or satisfaction, has grown enormously in the past decade. In this Review, we selectively highlight and summarize keyExpand
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Purpose, Mood, and Pleasure in Predicting Satisfaction Judgments
We examined the extent to which satisfaction with life, with one’s self, and with one’s day are predicted by pleasure, purpose in life, interest, and mood. In a sample of 222 college students weExpand
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