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Green with satisfaction: the relationship between pro-environmental behaviours and subjective wellbeing

Kate Laffan

Chapter 18 in Handbook on Wellbeing, Happiness and the Environment, 2020, pp 329-348 from Edward Elgar Publishing

Abstract: Existing research presents conflicting ideas about the relationship between personal wellbeing and pro_environmental behaviour (PEB). The chapter argues that conceptual clarity as to what wellbeing is can lead to a better understanding of how it relates to PEB. In order to do so, the relationship between PEB and a range of measures of subjective wellbeing (SWB) is examined. The results indicate that individuals who engage in PEB have higher levels of life satisfaction and consider their activities to be more worthwhile, while at the same time reporting equivalent levels of happiness and anxiety as their less green counterparts. Additionally, individuals who engage in relatively more common PEBs report higher SWB across all measures, which may relate to the social norms or costs associated with these different types of PEBs. Together, the results contribute to both scholarly and policy discussions around how to promote both ecological and personal wellbeing.

Keywords: Economics and Finance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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