Journal article

Alternative Recipes for Life Satisfaction: Evidence from Five World Regions

Bruce Headey, Gisela Trommsdorff, Gert G Wagner

APPLIED RESEARCH IN QUALITY OF LIFE | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

In most cross-national research on Life Satisfaction (LS) an implicit assumption appears to be that the correlates of LS are the same the world over; ‘one size fits all’. Using data from the World Values Survey (1999–2014), we question this assumption by assessing the effects of differing personal values/life priorities on LS in five world regions: the West, Latin America, the Asian-Confucian region, ex-Communist Eastern Europe, and the Communist countries of China and Vietnam. We indicate that differing values - traditional family values, friendship and leisure values, materialistic values, political values, prosocial and environmental values, and religious values – are endorsed to varying ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin (MPIB) for financial support of this research during Headey's visit to Berlin in summer 2018.