Social Indicators Research

, Volume 135, Issue 3, pp 965–968 | Cite as

What’s Special About Happiness as a Social Indicator?

  • John F. HelliwellEmail author


Measures of subjective well-being, and especially life evaluations, or judgments about how happy people are with their lives as a whole, enrich and empower social indicators research. They do this by requiring other social indicators as explanatory variables and providing a coherent encompassing framework within which the relative importance of other social indicators can be established.


Happiness Life evaluations Life satisfaction Subjective well-being Social indicators Quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Vancouver School of EconomicsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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