The Role of Social Rituals in Well-Being

Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 5)


This chapter attempts to define rituals and well-being and also explore the mechanisms through which rituals help in achieving well-being with reference to the cultural traditions of India as mainly elucidated in Āyurveda. The focus of the chapter is on the assumption that rituals create well-being by establishing social order (dharma), and this idea is discussed elaborately with the help of illustrations. The discussions are restricted to social rituals with a passing mention of religious rituals. While rituals help to groom behavior, they can also lead to fixation and rigidity, becoming redundant and counterproductive. The chapter also discusses the context in which rituals become effective or ineffective in regulating human actions in the course of social transactions. To make a ritual effective, one must be in control of the ritual, and not controlled by it.


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  1. 1.Arya Vaidya PharmacyCoimbatoreIndia

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