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The world comprises many societies, each with its unique identity. The practices and
way of living significantly vary from one society to another, and where there are similarities,
slight modifications exist. Culture impacts the lifestyle of communities and dictates every aspect
of their lives from childbirth to death (Suh and Koo, 2009). Several factors, including
geographical location, make it impossible for cultures to be overtly similar in practice. The
correlation between culture and the tenets of happiness varies from one community to another.
Some cultures consider happiness as a manifestation of being in touch with a supreme deity. For
instance, the Buddhist community finds happiness in abiding and walking on the path of
enlightenment. That is what they term genuine happiness. Their definition of happiness is not
based on materialistic wealth or influence and power.
However, cultures worldwide have different terms for happiness. Other cultures
consider financial wealth, a healthy lifestyle, a large family size, or material wealth as wealth's
fundamental indicators and parameters. The perception of happiness is forged by culture, and the
geographical context of these communities negates the possibility of absolute similarity in those
perceptions (Oishi, 2018). Buddhism is a form of religion unique to a particular community. That
is the identity of those communities. Communities globally practice their forms of religion that
have a significant impact on their well-being. From observations, religions differ in practice and
doctrines. Therefore, a single religion cannot dictate the concept of happiness. Some religions
shed light on living a life of spiritual fulfillment but not happiness. It, therefore, beckons the
imputation that these slight but significant variations are why the influences on happiness or the
term happiness do not appear in every culture. The uniqueness of every culture is its strength.
Oishi, S. (2018). Culture and subjective well-being: Conceptual and measurement issues. In E.
Diener, S. Oishi, & L. Tay (Eds.),7Handbook of well-being. Salt Lake City, UT: DEF
Publishers. DOI: nobascholar.com Retrieved from
Suh, E. M., & Koo, J. (2009). Comparing subjective well-being across cultures and nations: The
“what” and “why” questions. In M. Eid & R. J. Larsen (Eds.),7The science of subjective
well-being7(pp. 414–427). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Credit Line: The Science of Subjective Well-Being7by Eid, M.; Larson, R. J. (Eds).7
Copyright72009 by Guilford Publications. Reprinted by permission of7Guilford
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