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date: 20 November 2017

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Does geography matter when it comes to happiness? To what extent does where we live affect how we feel, and why? These questions are yet to receive the attention they deserve in the growing body of research on the determinants of subjective happiness and well-being. The paucity of work by geographers on the topic of happiness is surprising, given the importance of space and place in both understanding and measuring subjective happiness. After briefly reviewing ways in which happiness has been conceptualized in different geographical regions, this chapter considers geographical influences on self-rated happiness, focusing in particular on the impact of inequality. This is followed by a consideration of place and space at smaller area level. The final section of the chapter offers concluding comments and outlines a possible research agenda for the geography of happiness.

Keywords: subjective happiness, subjective well-being, place, space, social and spatial inequalities

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