Satsang: A Culture Specific Effective Practice for Well-Being

  • Kamlesh SinghEmail author
  • Anjali Jain
  • Dalbir Singh
Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 6)


This chapter considers a qualitative study from India, where Kamlesh Singh, Anjali Jain, and Dalbir Singh vividly analyze a cultural specific indigenous therapeutic practice, satsang, and its association with well-being in women that experience it in rural communities. Filling a dearth of literature analyzing and utilizing indigenous practices, the authors endorse a deep and vibrant cultural perspective. The reading takes us into a voyage of rich specificities regarding Indian concepts of positive mental health and happiness. Several methodologies, from folk songs to Yoga, exemplify the spiritual journey of women enrolled in the practice of satsang. Three consecutive qualitative studies show how women feel more empowered and stress free after participating in the indigenous practice, and how they were able to nurture healthier interpersonal relations and strengthen family and social support – a requirement for well-being.


Focus Group Discussion Positive Psychology Rural Woman Music Therapy Positive Mental Health 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of TechnologyDelhiIndia
  2. 2.Geography DepartmentPt. N R S Government CollegeRohtakIndia

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