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Revisiting the inactivity - (un) happiness relationship, a cross-country exploratory analysis

Tavares, Aida Isabel (2015): Revisiting the inactivity - (un) happiness relationship, a cross-country exploratory analysis.

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Abstract

The relationship between happiness and physical activity is revisited using cross country data in an exploratory analysis. The estimated results show that the countries with lower values in the happiness index account for lower levels of physical activity, or, higher levels of inactivity/sedentarism. Moreover, it is found that the most recent data show that the more antidepressants people take in a country, the higher the happiness index. The main contribution of this note is providing important clues for future research about happiness, physical activity and antidepressants, a potential conditional factor of the measurement of happiness in a country.

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