Publication Type

Encyclopaedia

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Well-being, happiness, subjective well-being, cultural aspects, satisfaction

Discipline

Multicultural Psychology | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Editor

Kenneth D. Keith

ISBN

9781118339893

Identifier

10.1002/9781118339893.wbeccp518

Publisher

Wiley

City or Country

New York

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118339893.wbeccp518

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