Cultural construal of wellbeing –theories and empirical evidence

Yukiko Uchida, Yuji Ogihara, Shintaro Fukushima

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To compare ideas about wellbeing and happiness in a global context, it is important to focus on the characteristics of the collectively shared concept of wellbeing among cultures, namely, the cultural construal of wellbeing. In this paper, we review cultural psychological research to illustrate the considerable variation in how people construe wellbeing at both the micro and macro levels. Particularly in Japan, wellbeing is construed as balance and harmony and it is achieved collectively. In addition, we argue that multi-level analysis has shown the importance of capturing collectively achieved wellbeing. Finally, we will discuss the cultural construal of wellbeing under globalization and how sustainable societies can be created in a global context in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Handbook of Quality of Life
Subtitle of host publicationExploration of Well-Being of Nations and Continents
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789401791786
ISBN (Print)9789401791779
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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