Chinese well-being

Luo Lu

in Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199541850
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Chinese well-being


Although the definition of happiness varies from person to person, people do not just want to feel happy for a short while, they want to feel positive about living a good life, and accomplishing things they believe are valuable and worthwhile. Over the centuries, philosophers and ordinary people have pondered what kind of life is worth living. This article explains the different aspects of Chinese well-being and the contexts of it turning to be a study subject. Great breakthroughs have been achieved in the last few decades as science has begun to unravel the prevailing myth of happiness as a mysterious, ephemeral state of mind, revealing it as an ordinary, albeit positive, state of mind that can be studied and understood. This article adopts the customary terminologies used by most current scholars and researchers and use happiness interchangeably with subjective well-being.

Keywords: Chinese well-being; happiness; philosophical deliberations; Greek masters; subjective well-being

Article.  10841 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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