International Happiness: A Multilevel Perspective

Ashkanasy, Neal M.
February 2011
Academy of Management Perspectives;Feb2011, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
Blanchflower and Oswald (2011) present a review of statistical accounts of international happiness, and argue that subjective measures of international happiness need to be considered. They cite studies showing that money can and does buy happiness, thus disputing the adage that "money does not buy happiness," but they also acknowledge the paradoxical finding that national happiness does not seem to increase with economic growth. In this commentary, some of the recent research on happiness at work is reviewed from the perspective of an organizational behaviorist and scholar of emotions in the workplace. A key conclusion is that happiness and the processes associated with happiness depend on perspective, especially level of analysis. In particular, there is no reason for cross-national correlations of prosperity and happiness to equal the correlation of prosperity and happiness over time within any particular nation.


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