Subjective Well-being: Long and Happy Lives

  • Aïda Solé-AuróEmail author
Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 9)


While longevity is important, most people want to live lives that are healthy and happy as well as long. This chapter concentrates on links between the length of life and quality of life including subjective well-being, life satisfaction and happiness. The chapter reviews the determinants of happiness across places, particularly among high-income countries, and across time with the aim of elucidating how individual, social and contextual characteristics are linked to the length of life with well-being and happiness.


Quality of life Subjective well-being Happiness Longevity 



The author acknowledge funding from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (PCIN-2016-005) within the second Joint Programming Initiative “More Years Better Lives” and to the Socio-Demographic Consequences of the Great Recession: Altered Class and Gender Relations? (RECECON) Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, CSO2016-80484-R.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DemoSoc Research Group, Department of Political and Social SciencesUniversitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain

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