What three words come to your mind in association with ‘‘happiness’’? Weanalyzed the 1563 words reported by 521 Korean and American participants in this freeassociation task. The most frequently endorsed word was ‘‘family’’ in Korea, whereas themost popular word among Americans was ‘‘smile.’’ The overall frequency of social words(e.g., relationships, social emotions) reported by Koreans was higher, and the most oftenmentioned relationship type differed between the two groups (family in Korea; friend inthe US). Nonetheless, both in Korea and the US, individuals who mentioned more socialwords were significantly more satisfied with their lives. The amount of social supportprovision mediated the link between the number of reported social words and experiencedhappiness. Regardless of culture, a simple count of social words associated with happinessappears to offer a reasonably good clue for how happy the person actually is.
Happiness, Word choice, Culture, Free association task
Applied Behavior Analysis | Community Psychology | Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Journal of Happiness Studies
Springer Verlag (Germany)
SHIN, Ji Eun, SUH, Eunkook M., EOM, Kimin, & KIM, Heejung S..(2017). What does “happiness” prompt in your mind? Culture, word choice, and experienced happiness. Journal of Happiness Studies, , 1-14.
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