Roque Dantas, Ana
Sociologia Cesnova- FCSH/UNL Lisboa, Portugal
This paper focus on happiness and its influence on social action, through a sociological analysis of the structural, sociocultural and individual dimensions that condition the importance given to happiness.
A new analysis model allowed the comprehension of the social processes associated with the construction of the idea of happiness, as well as the identification of values, expectations, meanings and feelings that guide social action.
Research methodology combines a macro approach, through statistic data analysis, with the study of the actors´ individual trajectories using sociological in-depth interviews.
Results show that happiness is subject to evolution, transformation and fluctuations being also, influenced by several dimensions of social actor´s life. Namely: social relations, work, financial situation, friends and family and life styles as well as social actors´ reflexivity of their own life circumstances.