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The Science of Well-BeingThe Well-Being of Nations: Linking Together Trust, Cooperation, and Democracy

The Science of Well-Being: The Well-Being of Nations: Linking Together Trust, Cooperation, and... [The theme of this chapter is that cooperative and trusting social relationships tend to enhance people’s subjective well-being (happiness and life satisfaction), and that in turn positive feelings of well-being tend to augment cooperation and trust. Extensive empirical work now supports the fact that sociability, interpersonal warmth, community involvement, and interpersonal trust are heightened by positive emotions. New analyses based on the World Value Survey show that nations that are high on subjective well-being (SWB) also tend to be high on generalized trust, volunteerism, and democratic attitudes. Additional analyses indicate that the association of SWB to volunteerism and democratic attitudes is not fully accounted for by GDP per capita, freedom, or filial piety. The implications of SWB for promoting greater cooperation and trust within society and across nations is considered.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Science of Well-BeingThe Well-Being of Nations: Linking Together Trust, Cooperation, and Democracy

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series Book Series (volume 37)
Editors: Diener, Ed
The Science of Well-Being — Jan 1, 2009

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer Netherlands 2009
ISBN
978-90-481-2349-0
Pages
155 –173
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2350-6_7
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The theme of this chapter is that cooperative and trusting social relationships tend to enhance people’s subjective well-being (happiness and life satisfaction), and that in turn positive feelings of well-being tend to augment cooperation and trust. Extensive empirical work now supports the fact that sociability, interpersonal warmth, community involvement, and interpersonal trust are heightened by positive emotions. New analyses based on the World Value Survey show that nations that are high on subjective well-being (SWB) also tend to be high on generalized trust, volunteerism, and democratic attitudes. Additional analyses indicate that the association of SWB to volunteerism and democratic attitudes is not fully accounted for by GDP per capita, freedom, or filial piety. The implications of SWB for promoting greater cooperation and trust within society and across nations is considered.]

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: Life Satisfaction; Social Capital; Positive Affect; Positive Emotion; Organizational Citizenship Behavior

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