Does happiness induce a rosy outlook?

B Headey, R Veenhoven

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The appreciation of a life-as-a-whole affects evaluative perceptions of various aspects of life. When people get happier, they become more satisfied with their jobs and attainments, they see more nice events happen to them and they rise in their own estimation. This appears in an analysis of the Australian QOL-panel study, involving 4 interviews over a 7 year period. There is no ground to dismiss these effects as rosily unrealistic, but there are good reasons to consider them beneficial for the individual and the society
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow harmful is happiness? Consequences of enjoying life or not
EditorsR. Veenhoven
Place of PublicationDen Haag
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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