Happiness and Physical Activity in Special Populations: Evidence From Korean Survey Data
This article contributes to the literature on happiness by focusing on the effects of physical activity or sport participation on happiness or life satisfaction in a special population. Using survey data collected by the Korean Sports Association for the Disabled, all respondents were legally disabled. This study presents empirical evidence of positive â€˜â€˜nonhealth effectsâ€™â€™ of physical activity on life satisfaction. Approximately a one-level jump in physical activity in the six-level score provided the same improvement in life satisfaction as one-quarter of the effect of the employment status change from unemployed to employed. Additionally, the empirical finding that the level of disability was insignificant in determining subjective well-being is consistent with a threshold argument. The authorsâ€™ empirical results also support there being no adaptation to disability, in contrast to findings in the psychology literature.
Volume (Year): 11 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
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