• Ēriks Kalvāns Rezekne Academy of Technologies (LV)



feeling of happiness, social relationships within the family, emotional background in the family, satisfaction with family relationships


The aim of this scientific research article is to describe the satisfaction with family relations of Latgale inhabitants’, as well as illustrate how this factor affects their feeling of happiness.

Family relations as one of the most important factors influencing happiness are highlighted in many studies of positive psychology. Because of this author of this article chose to investigate this theoretical knowledge in Latgale region. The theoretical interpretation of the happiness phenomenon is based on the findings of positive psychology, according to which happiness is defined as a life satisfaction and positive evaluation of his life and positive emotions over negative emotions.

The author developed methodology Family, Job, State” and „Oxford happiness questionnaire” adapted by the author to Latvian culture and socio-demographic survey, were used in the research paper.

It was found out that Latgale inhabitants are satisfied with their family relationships. However, the happy inhabitants of Latgale are characterized by greater correspondence between the ideal requirements of the social relationships in the family and family’s emotional background and satisfaction with the actual quality of these factors, than the unhappy inhabitants of Latgale region.


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