Understanding the interactions of happiness, self‐rated health, mental feelings, habit of eating healthy and sport/activities: A path model for Abu Dhabi

Masood A. Badri, Mugheer Alkhaili, Hamad Aldhaheri, Hamdan Alnahyan, Guang Yang, Muna Albahar, Asma Alrashdi

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Abstract

Understanding the interactions between happiness, self‐perception of health, healthy eating behaviors, physical activities, and psychological feelings or symptoms of mental health provides necessary inputs for social policymaking. Using data from the second cycle of the Abu Dhabi Quality of Life survey, this study examined a path analysis of Abu Dhabi residents’ nature of assimila-tions between these variables. The results point to the significant association between happiness and self‐rated health. In addition, the results portray significant direct paths to happiness from three mental feeling variables—ʺfeeling calm and peaceful”, “having lots of energy”, and “feeling down-hearted and depressed”. The variable of “often feeling rushed or pressed for time” shows a direct path to self‐rated health only. Eating healthy food is significantly associated with both happiness and self‐perception of health. In addition, “often doing physical activities” positively influences happiness. The present study enhances and refines policymakers’ understanding of the considered factors on happiness and self‐rated health with further elaborations of the mediating roles of specific well‐being determinants. Limitations and future research directions are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number55
JournalNutrients
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Eating healthy
  • Happiness
  • Mental health
  • Path analysis
  • Physical activities
  • Self‐rated health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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