Happiness or Quality of Life? Or Both?


  • František Murgaš Department of Geography, Technical University in Liberec
  • František Petrovič Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra
  • Prokop Patrik Maturkanič College of Applied Psychology & Roman Catholic Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology
  • Roman Kralik Department of Russian Language Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) & Theological Institute in Spišské Podhradie, Catholic University in Ružomberok




happiness, quality of life, conceptualization, measurement, relationship


Aim. The aim of the article is to look for an answer to the question of whether it is worthwhile to deal only with happiness and to leave the exploration of quality of life as something which is not viable, or if it makes sense to deal with both phenomena. If so, what is the relationship between them? At the same time, we ask ourselves whether happiness and quality of life are perceived equally by people and are therefore interchangeable.

Results. The answer is also confirmed by measuring the number of published articles monitored in the Web of Science. The quantification of happiness and quality of life implies that their correlation is high but not so high that they can be identified as the same. At the same time, if happiness and quality of life are different phenomena, it makes sense to deal with both.

Method. The research was conducted using the face-to-face interview method.

Conclusion. Happiness and quality of life, in terms of attention given to them by researchers, are quite different.  We think mistakenly that they are the same on account of the preponderance of impression given to happiness in public space.


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Author Biographies

František Murgaš, Department of Geography, Technical University in Liberec

RNDr. František Murgaš, PhD. is a social geographer,  a PhD holder who works on‘ Quality of Life‘ in Slovakia. He deals with epistemology of quality of life, which is one of the key concepts that today's society of late modernity strives for grasping and explaining the complexity of today's world. He understands the quality of life holistically as a connection of both its dimensions - subjective, researched usually in the form of well-being, and objective, examined usually in form of site quality. Related concepts of happiness or well-being are not interchangeably considered as the quality of life but as separate phenomena. He mostly focuses on the theoretical aspects of application of spatial differentiation of quality of life in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He created ՛ the gold standard of quality of life ՝as an expression of archetypal human desires.



František Petrovič, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra

prof. RNDr. František Petrovič, PhD. graduated at the Institute of Landscape Ecology ,Slovak Academy of
Sciences. He received the title of professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Informatics,  Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia. Now he is the dean of this faculty and his major field of research is landscape. It deals with the evaluation of the development of landscape in the context of historical trends and driving forces. It also uses this data to assess the landscape's ecosystem services. In the past, he focused in detail on the evaluation of dispersed settlements in Slovakia. He uses GIS and multicriteria evaluations in his works. It seeks to transfer the historical perspective and the preservation of the"genius loci" of the territory into the evaluation and planning of the country. 

Prokop Patrik Maturkanič , College of Applied Psychology & Roman Catholic Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology

University teacher, philosopher and theologist. After his graduation in philosophy and theology in 1999, he followed up with his postgraduate study at PUaL in Roma. He studied abroad until 2004. In 2007 he successfully finished his PhD. theology study at RKCMBF UK in Bratislava. During the following years, he was teaching in several colleges and universities, and he has also been continuously serving in the Church admini-stration in northern Bohemia. Since 2015 he has been teaching at VSAPs in Terezín, he is Vice-Rector for Science and Research. He is the author of several monographs and scientific articles. In January 2019, he success-fully defended his habilitation thesis, and he was granted the title of Docent (Associate Professor). He is a member of several Czech and peer-re-viewed editorial committees in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Roman Kralik, Department of Russian Language Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) & Theological Institute in Spišské Podhradie, Catholic University in Ružomberok

Prof. ThDr. Roman Kralik, ThD. - currently works as the director of the Kierkegaarod Society in Slovakia and Professor, Senior research fellow at the Scientific and Educational Center of Pedagogical Researches KFU. His main interest is the Danish thinker Soren Kierkegaard. He also deals with Jewish culture and the problem of education. He is the editor-in-chief of the Acta KIerkegaardiana (University of Toronto) series.


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How to Cite

Murgaš, F., Petrovič, F., Maturkanič, P., & Kralik, R. (2022). Happiness or Quality of Life? Or Both?. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 13(1), 17–36. https://doi.org/10.15503/jecs2022.1.17.36