Fostering Meaning, Social Connection, and Well-Being Through Hindu Beliefs and Practices

Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 9)


In this chapter, we explore the effects of Hindu beliefs and practices on well-being. We propose that the core Hindu belief of attaining moksa (liberation from the cycle of birth and death) through righteous living and karmic justice fosters an enhanced sense of meaning in life. Further, a belief in an interconnected universe discourages harmful social comparisons. We propose that practitioners of Hinduism also benefit from introspective practices, such as prayer and meditation, in addition frequent religious festivals that encourage social harmony and interconnectedness.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UCLA Anderson School of ManagementUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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