Title

Culture and Subjective Well-being

Publication Type

Encyclopaedia

Publication Date

4-2015

Abstract

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.

Keywords

5HTTLPR, Collectivism, Culture, Emotions, GDP, Happiness, Individualism, Materialism, National differences, Norms, Subjective well-being

Discipline

Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Editor

Wright, James D.

First Page

643

Last Page

647

Edition

2nd ed.

ISBN

9780080970868

Identifier

10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.25095-2

Publisher

Elsevier

City or Country

Amsterdam

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.25095-2

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