The Singularity of Latin American Patterns of Happiness

  • Pablo BeytíaEmail author
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


Latin America is a region with less economic and human development than Western Europe and the United States, but tends to show higher levels of happiness. Is that inconsistent? This article reviews the individual conditions that favor happiness of the Latin Americans and how they could explain the apparent contradiction in the macrosocial indicators of well-being. Firstly, it is noted that for the Latin American people there is less association between economic and human development with happiness; secondly, it is suggested that greater subjective well-being in the region is due to the higher density and quality of the family ties.


Latin America Happiness Subjective well-being Social progress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of SociologyPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile

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