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Cultures of Positivity: Interconnectedness as a Way of Being

  • Marié P. WissingEmail author
  • Lusilda Schutte
  • Angelina Wilson Fadiji
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Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Abstract

In this chapter we argued that a good quality of life and well-being is manifested in a culture of positivity emerging from meanings made in people’s embeddedness in relationships and life contexts. Interconnectedness is a fundamental quality of being human, and to a great extent determines people’s quality of life and meaning experiences. We adopted a broad conceptualization of quality of life including a eudaimonic well-being perspective in which meaning and positive relationships play a core role. We described a Meaning and Relatedness Well-being model (M&RW) comprising of meaning and relatedness as core facets, with assumed dynamic interactions between intrapersonal, interpersonal, social, community and ecosystem levels within the intertwinedness of biological and cultural situatedness. We used the M&RW model as backdrop to illustrate interconnectedness as a way of being well particularly in African contexts as manifested in lay people’s experiences drawing from previous empirical research.

Keywords

Meaning Relationships Relatedness Interconnections Model Quality of life African contexts Lay people’s experiences 

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  • Marié P. Wissing
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lusilda Schutte
    • 1
  • Angelina Wilson Fadiji
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health ResearchNorth-West UniversityPotchefstroomSouth Africa
  2. 2.Education and Skills Development UnitHuman Sciences Research CouncilCape TownSouth Africa

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