Helaine Selin, Gareth Davey's Happiness Across Cultures: Views of Happiness and Quality of PDF

By Helaine Selin, Gareth Davey

ISBN-10: 9400726996

ISBN-13: 9789400726994

Diverse cultures event happiness otherwise. normally, the West is taken into account materialistic, and happiness is related to come back from achievement and acquisition. The East is expounded to be extra people-oriented, the place happiness is end result of the deep own interactions. therefore, negative humans should be happier within the East than the West, simply because they don't seem to be so concerned about ownership and extra with society. This ebook considers happiness and caliber of existence in non-Western international locations and cultures. Its insurance is assorted and spans the breadth of the non-Western international, revealing targeted views of happiness and existence caliber embedded in wealthy cultural traditions and histories.

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Very happy people. Psychological Science, 13, 81–84. , & Seligman, M. E. P. (2006). Case for a national well-being index. Science and Spirit, 17, 36–37. , & Helliwell, J. (2009). Well-being for public policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , Harter, J. , & Arora, R. (2010). Wealth and happiness across the world: Material prosperity predicts life evaluation, whereas psychosocial prosperity predicts positive feelings. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 52–61. , & Smith, H. (1999).

We also acknowledge the great team at Springer for supporting our project. Maja de Keijzer, our editor at Springer, has been a pleasure to work with. 1 Researchers have paid increasing attention to the causes and consequences of wellbeing (see Diener, Suh, Lucas, & Smith 1999, for an overview of the findings from the first three decades of research). In the early stages of this scientific undertaking, they were primarily concerned with establishing the validity of happiness measures and with exploring demographic correlates of happiness.

Compounding the harshness of life in the region, on the 14th April 2010, the prefecture capital of Yushu town was rocked by an earthquake resulting in the devastation of much of the town and surrounding area, leaving thousands dead and many D. au H. Selin, G. V. 2012 27 28 D. Webb injured and unaccounted for (Yushu Earthquake Relief 2010). By all accounts, life is tough on the Tibetan plateau. My main purpose for being in the region prior to the above-reported earthquake was not to conduct academic research; it was to assist with a project to build the Gesar Sherab (King of Wisdom) School for ethnic Tibetan nomad children from Kharnang, a township 72 km northeast of Yushu which has been absent of any school for over 750 years.

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