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.
Happiness, Peace, Cultural Psychology, Culture, well-being, trust, confidence, government
Understanding Culture: Theory, Research, and Application
Wyer, Robert S.; CHIU, Chi-Yue; HONG Ying-Yi
City or Country
Tov, William, Ed Diener, Ng Weiting, Pelin Kesebir, and Jim Harter. 2009. "The Social and Economic Context of Peace and Happiness." In Understanding Culture: Theory, Research, and Application, edited by Robert S. Wyer, CHIU Chi-Yue and HONG Ying-Yi, 239-255. New York: Psychology Press.