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Happiness in Bangladesh: The Role of Religion and Connectedness

Devine, Joe; Hinks, Timothy; Naveed, Arif

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Joe Devine

Arif Naveed


© 2017, The Author(s). Research into the relation between religion and happiness offers inconclusive evidence. Religion seems to matter but it is not entirely clear how and why. Moreover much of the research to date is rooted in western experiences. This article analyzes primary data from Bangladesh to examine how religion figures in people’s wellbeing and life chances. It identifies differences in reported happiness between the country’s two largest religious populations: Muslims and Hindus. Our main argument is that the significance of religion is only really understood when considered alongside social, economic and political processes. The data and analysis make an important contribution to the limited knowledge we have of the relation between religion, political connectedness and happiness in non-western societies. It also highlights the need to incorporate more contextualizing analyses into our assessments of the relation between religion and happiness.


Devine, J., Hinks, T., & Naveed, A. (2019). Happiness in Bangladesh: The Role of Religion and Connectedness. Journal of Happiness Studies, 20(2), 351-371.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 6, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 16, 2017
Publication Date Feb 15, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 9, 2018
Journal Journal of Happiness Studies
Print ISSN 1389-4978
Electronic ISSN 1573-7780
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 2
Pages 351-371
Keywords religion, happiness, Bangladesh, social resources
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