Poor eudaimonic subjective wellbeing as a mortality risk factor
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We investigate the nexus between poverty of sense of life (a dimension of eudaimonic subjective wellbeing) and mortality in a large sample of individuals from several European countries. We find that poverty of sense of life is significantly and positively correlated with mortality, net of the impact of socio-demographic factors, life styles, symptoms and even life and health satisfaction controls. We as well test whether the observed correlation is mainly explained by physiological factors or, as well, by behavioural factors such as unhealthy life styles and/or insufficient physical activity.
KeywordsMortality Eudaimonic wellbeing Sense of life
JEL ClassificationI10 Health general I12 Health Behavior I31 General welfare Wellbeing
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