Money, materialism, and the good life: Cultural perspectives
Is the good life happy, meaningful, or rich? This chapter examines folk theories or lay conceptions of the good life using a person perception paradigm. We review studies that compare how respondents weigh the importance of happiness, meaning, and wealth in judgments of quality of life. Although happiness and meaning were judged as overwhelming indicators of the good life in all of our samples, cultural differences emerged in the importance of wealth. Whereas American college students viewed wealth as relatively unimportant to the good life, older Americans and Singaporeans rated wealth as more important. Results were consistent across a decade of research. We explore the underpinnings of these differences through the priming of the self from another’s perspective. We discuss the role of materialism in different societies.
Happiness, Materialism, Culture, Subjective well-being, Quality of life, Positive Psychology, Consumption
Consumption and well-being in the material world
City or Country
SCOLLON, Christie N., & WIRTZ, Derrick. (2014). Money, materialism, and the good life: Cultural perspectives. In Consumption and well-being in the material world (pp. 109-125). Dordrecht: Springer Verlag.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soss_research/1497