Publication Type

Book Chapter

Version

Preprint

Publication Date

1-2009

Abstract

Using data from the World Values Survey and the 2006 Gallup World Poll, we examined how individual well-being was related to societal perceptions relevant for peace. Across both datasets, happy people reported greater trust and confidence in the government. Moreover, this relation was moderated by societal conditions. Happy people were particularly more trusting and confident in countries where economic inequality and violence were low. Thus, as the objective conditions for peace were met, societal perceptions were increasingly linked to well-being. We discuss the implications of well-being and cross-cultural research for informing national policies.

Keywords

Happiness, Peace, Cultural Psychology, Culture, well-being, trust, confidence, government

Discipline

Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Understanding Culture: Theory, Research, and Application

Editor

Wyer, Robert S.; CHIU, Chi-Yue; HONG Ying-Yi

First Page

239

Last Page

255

ISBN

9781848728080

Publisher

Psychology Press

City or Country

New York

Additional URL

http://catalogue.library.smu.edu.sg/record=b1245005~S1

Comments

Edited by Robert S. Wyer, Chiu Chi-Yue and Hong Ying-Yi

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