Happy just because. A cross-cultural study on subjective wellbeing in three Indigenous societies

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dc.contributor.author Reyes-García, Victoria
dc.contributor.author Gallois, Sandrine
dc.contributor.author Pyhälä, Aili
dc.contributor.author Diaz-Riviriego, Isabel
dc.contributor.author Fernandez-Llamazares Onrubia, Alvaro
dc.contributor.author Galbraith, Eric
dc.contributor.author Miñarro, Sara
dc.contributor.author Napitupulu, Tezza
dc.date.accessioned 2021-08-04T09:24:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-08-04T09:24:01Z
dc.date.issued 2021-05-13
dc.identifier.citation Reyes-García , V , Gallois , S , Pyhälä , A , Diaz-Riviriego , I , Fernandez-Llamazares Onrubia , A , Galbraith , E , Miñarro , S & Napitupulu , T 2021 , ' Happy just because. A cross-cultural study on subjective wellbeing in three Indigenous societies ' , PLoS One , vol. 16 , no. 5 , 0251551 . https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0251551
dc.identifier.other PURE: 158439451
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 907b86fa-06d0-4c75-9280-ed7ef07e7894
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85105812219
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000664628200096
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-7095-5994/work/98070744
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-7813-0222/work/98071676
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332821
dc.description.abstract While cross-cultural research on subjective well-being and its multiple drivers is growing, the study of happiness among Indigenous peoples continues to be under-represented in the literature. In this work, we measure life satisfaction through open-ended questionnaires to explore levels and drivers of subjective well-being among 474 adults in three Indigenous societies across the tropics: the Tsimane’ in Bolivian lowland Amazonia, the Baka in southeastern Cameroon, and the Punan in Indonesian Borneo. We found that life satisfaction levels in the three studied societies are slightly above neutral, suggesting that most people in the sample consider themselves as moderately happy. We also found that respondents provided explanations mostly when their satisfaction with life was negative, as if moderate happiness was the normal state and explanations were only needed when reporting a different life satisfaction level due to some exceptionally good or bad occurrence. Finally, we also found that issues related to health and–to a lesser extent–social life were the more prominent explanations for life satisfaction. Our research not only highlights the importance to understand, appreciate and respect Indigenous peoples’ own perspectives and insights on subjective well-being, but also suggests that the greatest gains in subjective well-being might be achieved by alleviating the factors that tend to make people unhappy. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof PLoS One
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 5203 Global Development Studies
dc.subject HAPPINESS
dc.subject HEALTH
dc.subject PEOPLE
dc.subject LAND
dc.subject SCIENCE
dc.title Happy just because. A cross-cultural study on subjective wellbeing in three Indigenous societies en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Global Development Studies
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
dc.contributor.organization Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme
dc.contributor.organization Global Change and Conservation Lab
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0251551
dc.relation.issn 1932-6203
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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