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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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SATUF, Cibele  and  REIS, Inês Pires dos. Job satisfaction and happiness: a comparative study between portuguese and brazilians. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.4, pp. 201-209. ISSN 1984-6657.

One can say that job satisfaction influences happiness through the generalization of emotions, from work to life outside of work. The objective of this article was to investigate and compare the relationship between job satisfaction and happiness, between Portuguese and Brazilians. A total of 1,015 subjects participated in this study, 381 (37.5%) Portuguese and 634 (62.5%) Brazilians. Results indicated statistically significant differences between the dimensions of job satisfaction satisfaction with salary and satisfaction with promotions and "positive emotions", a component of happiness. The correlation between these variables was stronger for Brazilians, and the impact of job satisfaction on happiness was higher for them as well. In practical application, the results indicated that personnel management policies emphasizing job satisfaction could potentially lead to improvements in levels happiness in both populations, despite the singularities found. We also considered some limitations and directions for future investigations.

Keywords : job satisfaction; Happiness; Portugal-Brazil comparison.

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