Title: Mapping the distribution of Well-Being in Europe beyond national borders
Authors: GALMARINI StefanoANDREONI Valeria
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC86661
ISBN: 978-92-79-44538-5
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 26970
OP LB-NA-26970-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC86661
DOI: 10.2788/752625
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Well-being is a concept difficult to define and eventually harder to quantify. The idea of providing descriptions and metrics to evaluate well-being goes back to Aristotle (1095 bc) and from there an increasingly large number of studies attempted to quantify well-being of individuals and societies. Well-being is generally perceived as a description of the state of human life which always captured the attention of sociologists, economists, psychologist, politicians and citizens, making it a largely debated interdisciplinary topic. In particular in recent times, characterized by even increasing concerns related to the economic and the environmental situation, an increasing attention has been devoted to determining integrated descriptions to include all the aspects of human life. In addition, a large attention, demonstrated by the increasing literature on the topic, has also been devoted to the contribution of politics and societal organization in the progress toward well-being. The first part of this report tries to review the existing literature on well-being. Two main broad wellbeing approaches will be considered, the subjective and the objective approaches. For every one of them, the main definitions, the most important theoretical perspectives and the most relevant metrics and quantifications will be reported. The major contribution is to provide a synthesis of the vast literature that exists on the concept of well-being. In addition, by presenting the most recent well-being approach based on the integration between the objective and the subjective ones, an overview of the future directions of well-being investigations is also provided.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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