The Comparison between Chinese and Western Well-Being

Defeng Yang, Han Zhou
2017 Open Journal of Social Sciences  
The marked variation between China and other nations in well-being may be due to the influence of national culture [1] . Considering the dramatically different cultural background between China and western societies, to investigate comprehensively Chinese well-being is important. In this literature review, firstly, we will introduce the understanding of well-being for Chinese people. Secondly, we introduce the concept of beauty, which is an important component of Chinese well-being be neglected
more » ... -being be neglected by western scholars. Thirdly, the differences between Chinese and western well-being are presented. Well-Being in China Chinese researchers normally view well-being as subjective well-being based on traditional culture and values. The meaning of well-being in China is more like "happiness" or "subjective well-being" in related English literatures [2]. This is because subjective Well-Being emphasises an experience which involves evaluation by individuals of their quality of life according to the standard they set for themselves. Democritus is one of the first Geek philosophers suggesting that happiness is only subjective, thus it "does not depend solely on good fortune or indeed on any external contingencies, but also, and even to a greater extent, on a man's cast of mind". In the field of psychology, hedonism tends to be interpreted holistically and with reference to body, mind, and society [3]. We summarize Chinese researchers' achievements, basically based in the view of subjective well-being, and explore the correlations between Chinese welling and psychological wellbeing, which is a new area to be found.
doi:10.4236/jss.2017.511013 fatcat:66gdqqzrhfdkda3vz77m5oap6u