IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Sociological and Socio-Psychological Dimensions of Well-Being and Happiness Rating Based on ISSP Data, 2018


  • Elka Todorova

    () (University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria)


This article examines the main sociological and social psychological arguments when operationalizing empirically the concepts of "well-being" and "happiness". Using data for Bulgaria in ISSP 2018 we examine several hypotheses related to different sociological and social psychological effects taking place in the process of self-assessments, i.e. hedonic relativism and aspirational treadmill, the influence of education on the cognitive part of the subjective well-being and susceptibility to attitudinal changes in respondent’s traditional worldview.

Suggested Citation

  • Elka Todorova, 2019. "Sociological and Socio-Psychological Dimensions of Well-Being and Happiness Rating Based on ISSP Data, 2018," Nauchni trudove, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, issue 2, pages 89-111, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:nwe:natrud:y:2019:i:2:p:89-111

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item


    social survey; well-being; happiness; hedonic treadmill;

    JEL classification:

    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:nwe:natrud:y:2019:i:2:p:89-111. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Vanya Lazarova). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.