Culture and Subjective Well-being
Subjective well-being (SWB) is what most people refer to as happiness. It is people's subjective sense that life is going well. Many factors influence SWB, and culture is of course an important one. The present article describes the cultural differences in SWB, beginning with the desirability of happiness around the world. Next, the authors discuss the major cultural differences in SWB, for example, which regions and cultures are happiest. Next, the article reviews the literature that has sought to explain the cause of these differences. Finally, the article concludes with a view toward future research in culture and SWB.
5HTTLPR, Collectivism, Culture, Emotions, GDP, Happiness, Individualism, Materialism, National differences, Norms, Subjective well-being
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
James D. Wright
City or Country
SIM, Jing Han; KOH, Sharon; and SCOLLON, Christie N., "Culture and Subjective Well-being" (2015). Research Collection School of Social Sciences. Paper 1481.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soss_research/1481