Well-being publications

With the purpose of understand, explain and discuss the idea of happiness in the public agenda, the publication Policies and subjective well-being. Happiness in the public agenda offers a first glance to what is considered the new science, called the happiness science or the study of subjective well-being. Regarding the role that the State play or should play, we intend to offer clues to the readers about the relationship between happiness and public policies, which not necessarily means the State intervention, but underlines the importance of one concept – happiness – which is increasingly present in the public debate (Gómez-Álvarez & Ortiz, 2016, p. 18).

The publication Subjective well-being in Latin America addresses several aspects linked to people’s quality of life – for instance, satisfaction with different life domains, social capital, democracy, government quality, access to public goods - gathering a series of texts of distinguished Latin-American authors interested in subjective well-being. The book is organized in three main sections: the first one addresses the conception of subjective well-being and its relationship with public policies; in the second one, subjective and objective factors of well-being are studied; in the third one, some study cases of subjective well-being in Latin America are presented.

The publication Reasons and emotions. Subjective well-being , social capital and institutional trust in Jalisco, is the result of a research that combines qualitative and quantitative techniques with the objective of analyzing the well-being of Jalisco’s people from one of the principal and most complex lines of approach, its measurement. The study uses three different instruments: the Subjective Well-being Index, result of the analysis of the Survey of Subjective Well-being in Jalisco 2015, which allows a global estimation regarding the state population well-being; of a quantitative model that links happiness estimation with aspects of social capital, democracy and government; and the qualitative report of a series of focus groups that brings us closer to know, from their own voice, what makes Jalisco’s people happy.