The cross-cultural importance of happiness and contentment can be inferred from their emergence in philosophical discussions across many cultural traditions. We begin by focusing on similarities, noting what has been found to correlate with the components of SWB across most cultures. Subjective well being (SWB) involves the various ways that people evaluate and experience their lives. In many ways, the term is synonymous with the everyday notion of happiness – positive feelings are an important aspect of well being. Cross-cultural similarities are important because they highlight our common humanity and hint at which factors may be fundamental to wellbeing. Next, we temper these conclusions by describing how people from different cultures and cultural backgrounds vary with regard to what relates to their wellbeing and how they experience it.
Well-being, happiness, subjective well-being, cultural aspects, satisfaction
Multicultural Psychology | Social Psychology
Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Kenneth D. Keith
City or Country
TOV, William and DIENER, Ed, "Subjective Well-being" (2013). Research Collection School of Social Sciences. Paper 1395.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soss_research/1395