Maslow’s Theory Revisited

Ed Diener, a University of Illinois Psychologist and a great friend of ours at HAPPY, has set out to prove Maslow’s theories about happiness are truly a part of our real lives, not just a theory.

“To find proof that Maslow’s theory translated into real life, Diener,…helped design the Gallup World Poll, a landmark survey on well-being with 60,865 participants from 123 countries that was conducted from 2005 to 2010. Respondents answered questions about six needs that closely resemble those in Maslow’s model: basic needs (food, shelter); safety; social needs (love, support); respect; mastery; and autonomy. They also rated their well-being across three discrete measures: life evaluation (a person’s view of his or her life as a whole), positive feelings (day-to-day instances of joy or pleasure), and negative feelings (everyday experiences of sorrow, anger, or stress).”
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