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International Journal of Happiness and Development

International Journal of Happiness and Development (IJHD)

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International Journal of Happiness and Development (9 papers in press)

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  • Happiness as an Unmet Reality in Pakistan: Discourses of Divorced & Separated Individuals   Order a copy of this article
    by Saira Batool, Rabia Ali 
    Abstract: This research paper highlights the dilemmas associated with the social construction of marriage versus the ideation of marriage as a modern symbol of unity in contemporary Pakistan. The paper draws on the narratives of sixteen divorced and separated men/women. These findings reveal that women experience marriage differently compared to men. Marital happiness for women is attained in their willingness to act in subordinate and submissive roles due to the hegemonic masculinity of men. The marriage contract in Pakistani society gives an upper hand to men and women are expected to be obedient and respectful. In this study, based on their personal experiences all divorced and separated women considered happiness in marriage merely a temporary situation. Defying the patterns of obedience had led to unhappiness and dissatisfaction in their marital relationships. The major problem had been the inability to accept the ground realities of marriage in its practical form in contrast to their perception of marriage as a romantic and happy relationship. When the ground realities didnt meet their expectations; their relations came to an end leading to social stigma and emotional dilemmas. These findings suggest the need to rethink marriage as a complex and evolving institution in contemporary Pakistan.
    Keywords: Happiness; Divorce; Separation; Marriage; Imagination; Qualitative Methods.

  • Happy leadership, now more than ever   Order a copy of this article
    by Gustavo Díaz-García, Marta Ortiz-de-Urbina-Criado, Rafael Ravina-Ripoll 
    Abstract: The Covid-19 crisis demonstrated the need for new leadership styles suited to times of economic uncertainty. Today, leadership in organisations is less humanistic and inspirational and more authoritarian. More management models should be promoted based on ethics, corporate happiness and social responsibility. This research reflects on the type of leadership suited to the new era. It explores the concept of happy leadership and analyses its characteristics. This construct combines the rational and emotional minds of those who lead. It seeks to exercise actions that help reduce stress, frustration, and fear, improving wellbeing to optimise work performance. Thinking, feeling and doing from a happiness management approach supports peoples vision from an organisational and emotional perspective by developing aspects such as creativity, flexibility and sustainability. Happy leadership promotes new models of integral management through changes in corporate culture, helping to reconcile productive efficiency with business ethics, entrepreneurship, organisational justice and happiness at work.
    Keywords: leadership; happiness; happiness at work; human resources; happy employees.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2023.10060264
  • The effects of domain satisfactions on overall life satisfaction in T   Order a copy of this article
    by Serhat Çakmak, Pınar Narin Emirhan 
    Abstract: The aim of this study is to examine the determinants of overall life satisfaction in T
    Keywords: life satisfaction; happiness; instrumental variable-ordered probit model; conditional-mixed process.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2023.10060405
  • Happiness in Kazakhstan   Order a copy of this article
    by Sholpan Jamanbalayeva, Shyryn Tlenchiyeva 
    Abstract: The average happiness in Kazakhstan is 6.6 on a scale of 0 to 10, which is in the mid-range of the countries happiness ranking. Average happiness rose in Kazakhstan in the 2010s, but in 2009 and 2016, there was a decline in the countrys happiness level. Possible reasons are discussed. Kazakhstanis experience low cognitive satisfaction with much higher levels of emotional well-being, which is also characteristic of developing post-Soviet countries. The inequality of happiness measured by the standard deviation in Kazakhstan is relatively high. According to this indicator, the country is in the mid-range in the ranking list. The correlates of happiness in Kazakhstan in several parameters differ from the pattern usually observed in developed countries and reflect those typical for developing countries of the post-Soviet space.
    Keywords: life satisfaction; world ranking; comparative analysis; trend; post-soviet space; correlation; happiness; subjective well-being.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2023.10061101
  • Trends and fluctuations in financial satisfaction and macroeconomic indicators in times of economic changes: the case of Latin America   Order a copy of this article
    by Lucía Macchia, Anke C. Plagnol, Richard A. Easterlin 
    Abstract: The association between subjective well-being and macroeconomic conditions has been extensively studied across the social sciences, with most evidence stemming from US and Europe due to data constraints. Using timeseries analysis, this paper explores trends (long-term tendencies) and fluctuations (short-term movements) of financial satisfaction and macroeconomic indicators in Latin America during a period of great economic changes. We show that between 1996 and 2015, the trend in financial satisfaction was significantly negatively associated with the trend in the unemployment rate but it was not associated with the trends in the log of gross domestic product per capita (GDP) or the inflation rate. In the short-term, financial satisfaction, the unemployment rate, the inflation rate, and the log of GDP per capita move together. This study demonstrates that unemployment is the key macroeconomic indicator to tackle long-term financial satisfaction and thus likely improve citizens overall well-being.
    Keywords: happiness; financial satisfaction; Easterlin paradox; Latin America; time-series analysis.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2023.10061263
  • The relationship between leisure and entertainment cultural aesthetics and organisational identification: the role of healing effects   Order a copy of this article
    by Thuy Dung Pham Thi, Nam Tien Duong 
    Abstract: This study aimed to explore the relationship between organisational members leisure and entertainment cultural aesthetics, healing effects, and organisational identification. The respondents were those with experience in organisational work and activities. A total of 361 valid questionnaires were collected. By factor analysis, leisure and entertainment cultural aesthetics are divided into two categories: expressive leisure and artistic leisure; healing effects are divided into the perception of happiness and positive healing; organisational identification is divided into only one main factor, named organisational identification. The findings showed that organisational members leisure and entertainment cultural aesthetics have a significant positive correlation with organisational identification; healing effects also showed a significant positive correlation with organisational identification; healing effects have no moderating effects on the relationship between leisure and entertainment cultural aesthetics and the organisation identification; healing effects have partial mediating effects on the relationship between leisure and entertainment cultural aesthetics and organisational identification.
    Keywords: leisure; entertainment; cultural aesthetics; healing effects; organisational identification; performance.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2023.10061266
  • Happiness in Romania   Order a copy of this article
    by Sergiu Bălțătescu 
    Abstract: Eastern European country, member of European Union, Romania has left behind the communist experience and consolidated its option for a free society. Data available in World Database of Happiness (WDH) show a steady increase in happiness levels after 1990. As a result, in the 2010s is ranking 50th among the 160 countries included, and 25th in Europe. Inequality of happiness is very high in Romania (ranking 125th) and stays relatively stable in the last 20 years. Structure of happiness, with an average level of contentment and comparative higher levels of affect, is typical for Eastern Europe, as is the situation with some of its correlates: happiness is steadily decreasing with age, men are slightly happier than women and membership in voluntary organisations makes no difference in happiness. Correlations of happiness with education, income and self-rated social rank grew stronger in the last 30 years, suggesting a trend towards convergence with Western European societies.
    Keywords: eastern-European countries; post-communist transition; life-satisfaction; world ranking; trend; correlations.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2023.10061341
  • Happiness in Turkey   Order a copy of this article
    by Melodi Buket Kanlıoğlu 
    Abstract: Happiness can be defined as the overall appreciation of ones life as a whole average happiness in Turkey was 6.0 on scale 010 over the years 20102019. As such Turkey ranked 94 out of 164 countries. With an average Happy Life Years of 44.4, Turkey ranked 88th in the world. When considering inequality in happiness, that is how citizens differ in enjoyment of their life-asa-whole, Turkey was ranked 63rd out of 164 countries between 20102019. Although Turkey has grown economically over the past 20 years, average happiness has not increased in Turkey as much as it has in developed countries. Average happiness decreased in crises years in Turkey. Inequality of happiness is relatively high in Turkey, but has decline slightly since 1990. Turkish people gained 7.1 Happy Life Years since 1990.Considering the correlates happiness, it has been observed that gender, marital status, educational status, income, self-rated social status and memberships are all positively correlated with happiness among Turkish citizens.
    Keywords: life-satisfaction; world ranking; trend; cross-national; Turkey; happiness; inequality; contentment; well-being; correlates of happiness.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2024.10062249
  • Income and happiness: a study of a panel of US residents   Order a copy of this article
    by Ling Zhang, Sajal Lahiri 
    Abstract: Can money buy happiness? Does the marginal effect of income on happiness of an average change over time? Does the change in income of an average individual increase their happiness over time? These are the main research questions that this paper attempts to answer using a longitudinal dataset for US residents, viz., panel study of income dynamic (PSID), for the years 2019, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. The main methodology we use is Ordered-Logit regressions. We find reasonably strong evidence of an yes answer to all three questions. Our results pass a number of robustness checks.
    Keywords: Easterlin Paradox; happiness; income; ordered-logit regression; PSID data; longitudinal study.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2024.10062250