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Eudaimonic happiness as a leading health indicator

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  • Bachelet, Maria

    () (Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit)

  • Becchetti, Leonardo

    () (Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit)

  • Pisani, Fabio

    () (Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit)

Abstract

Eudaimonic happiness (measured in terms of sense of life) is a relatively unexplored subjective wellbeing indicator. The empirical findings presented in this paper show that it has a significant and quantitatively remarkable correlation with the future insurgence of some chronic diseases and the reduction of most functionalities in the ageing population. These results document that eudaimonic happiness is a relevant leading indicator of future health outcomes and expenditure and that its impact is independent from that of the traditional life satisfaction measure.

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  • Bachelet, Maria & Becchetti, Leonardo & Pisani, Fabio, 2016. "Eudaimonic happiness as a leading health indicator," AICCON Working Papers 150-2016, Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:aiccon:2016_150
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    Keywords

    eudaimonic satisfaction; health outcomes; functionalities; life satisfaction;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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