Happiness Across Cultures

Views of Happiness and Quality of Life in Non-Western Cultures

  • Helaine Selin
  • Gareth Davey

Part of the Science Across Cultures: the History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Helaine Selin, Gareth Davey
    Pages 1-12
  3. Robert Biswas-Diener, Louis Tay, Ed Diener
    Pages 13-25
  4. Dave Webb
    Pages 27-41
  5. Ryan T. Howell, Wan Tien Chong, Colleen J. Howell, Kurt Schwabe
    Pages 43-55
  6. Ricardo Rato, Gareth Davey
    Pages 95-106
  7. Pamela Abbott, Claire Wallace
    Pages 107-120
  8. Siok Kuan Tambyah, Soo Jiuan Tan
    Pages 121-135
  9. Rossarin Soottipong Gray
    Pages 137-148
  10. Heather E. Young-Leslie, Sean E. Moore
    Pages 181-193
  11. Victoria Reyes-García, Tsimane’ Amazonian Panel Study (TAPS)
    Pages 209-225
  12. Gazi Islam
    Pages 227-240
  13. Mònica Guillen-Royo, Jackeline Velazco
    Pages 253-270
  14. Tim Hinks, Simon Davies
    Pages 271-292

About this book


Different cultures experience happiness differently. Traditionally, the West is considered materialistic, and happiness is said to come from achievement and acquisition. The East is said to be more people-oriented, where happiness is a result of deep personal interactions. Thus, poor people can be happier in the East than the West, because they are not so concerned with possession and more with society. This book considers happiness and quality of life in non-Western countries and cultures. Its coverage is diverse and spans the breadth of the non-Western world, revealing unique perspectives of happiness and life quality embedded in rich cultural traditions and histories.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Helaine Selin
    • 1
  • Gareth Davey
    • 2
  1. 1.Hampshire CollegeAmherstUSA
  2. 2., Counselling and PsychologyHong Kong Shue Yan UniversityHong KongHong Kong SAR

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-2700-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2699-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2700-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2145
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