Happy just because. A cross-cultural study on subjective wellbeing in three Indigenous societies

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Happy just because. A cross-cultural study on subjective wellbeing in three Indigenous societies. / Reyes-Garcia, Victoria; Gallois, Sandrine; Pyhala, Aili; Diaz-Reviriego, Isabel; Fernandez-Llamazares, Alvaro; Galbraith, Eric; Miñarro, Sara; Napitupulu, Lucentezza.

in: PLoS ONE, Jahrgang 16, Nr. 5, e0251551, 13.05.2021.

Publikation: Beiträge in ZeitschriftenZeitschriftenaufsätzeForschungbegutachtet

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Reyes-Garcia, V, Gallois, S, Pyhala, A, Diaz-Reviriego, I, Fernandez-Llamazares, A, Galbraith, E, Miñarro, S & Napitupulu, L 2021, 'Happy just because. A cross-cultural study on subjective wellbeing in three Indigenous societies', PLoS ONE, Jg. 16, Nr. 5, e0251551. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0251551

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Reyes-Garcia, V., Gallois, S., Pyhala, A., Diaz-Reviriego, I., Fernandez-Llamazares, A., Galbraith, E., Miñarro, S., & Napitupulu, L. (2021). Happy just because. A cross-cultural study on subjective wellbeing in three Indigenous societies. PLoS ONE, 16(5), [e0251551]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0251551

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Reyes-Garcia V, Gallois S, Pyhala A, Diaz-Reviriego I, Fernandez-Llamazares A, Galbraith E et al. Happy just because. A cross-cultural study on subjective wellbeing in three Indigenous societies. PLoS ONE. 2021 Mai 13;16(5). e0251551. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0251551

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