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Societal Emotional Environments and Cross-Cultural Differences in Life Satisfaction: A Forty-Nine Country Study
Krys, Kuba; Yeung, June; Capaldi, Colin et al.
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Keywords :
societal emotional environment; societal well-being; emotion regulation
Abstract :
[en] In this paper, we introduce the concept of ‘societal emotional environment’: the emotional climate of a society (operationalized as the degree to which positive and negative emotions are expressed in a society). Using data collected from 12,888 participants across 49 countries, we show how societal emotional environments vary across countries and cultural clusters, and we consider the potential importance of these differences for well-being. Multilevel analyses supported a ‘double-edged sword’ model of negative emotion expression, where expression of negative emotions predicted higher life satisfaction for the expresser but lower life satisfaction for society. In contrast, partial support was found for higher societal life satisfaction in positive societal emotional environments. Our study highlights the potential utility and importance of distinguishing between positive and negative emotion expression, and adopting both individual and societal perspectives in well-being research. Individual pathways to happiness may not necessarily promote the happiness of others.
Disciplines :
Social, industrial & organizational psychology
Author, co-author :
Krys, Kuba;  Kyoto University > Kokoro Research Center ; Polish Academy of Sciences > Institute of Psychology
Yeung, June;  Lingnan University > Department of Applied Psychology
Capaldi, Colin;  Carleton University > Department of Psychology
Lun, Vivian Miu-Chi;  Lingnan University
Torres, Claudio;  University of Brasilia
van Tilburg, Wijnand;  King’s College London
Bond, Michael;  Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Zelenski, John;  Carleton University
Haas, Brian;  University of Georgia
Park, Joonha;  Nagoya University of Commerce and Business
Maricchiolo, Fridanna;  Roma Tre University
Vauclair, Melanie;  Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)
Kosiarczyk, Aleksandra;  SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospoleczny
Kocimska-Zych, Agata;  SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny
Kwiatkowska, Anna;  Polish Academy of Sciences
Adamovic, Mladen;  The University of Melbourne
Pavlopoulos, Vassilis;  National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Fülöp, Marta;  Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute for Psychology
Sirlopu Diaz, David;  Universidad del Desarrollo
Okvitawanli, Ayu;  University of Koblenz-Landau
Hanke-Boer, Diana;  University of Koblenz-Landau
Teyssier, Julien;  Université Toulouse II
Malyonova, Arina;  Omsk State Universit
Gavreliuc, Alin;  West University of Timisoara
Uchida, Yukiko;  Kyoto University
Serdarevich, Ursula;  Universidad Nacional de La Matanza
Akotia, Charity;  University of Ghana
Appoh, Lilly;  Nord Universitetet
Arevalo, Douglas;  Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas
Baltin, Arno;  Tallinn University
Denoux, Patrick;  Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès
Domínguez-Espinosa, Alejandra;  Iberoamerican University
Esteves, Carla Sofia
Gamsakhurdia, Vladimer;  Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Gardarsdottir, Ragna;  University of Iceland
Igbokwe, David;  Covenant University
Igou, Eric;  University of Limerick
Işık, İdil;  Istanbul Bilgi University
Kaščáková, Natália;  Palacky University Olomouc
Klůzová Kračmárová, Lucie;  Palacky University Olomouc
Kronberger, Nicole;  Johannes Kepler University Linz
Lee, Hannah;  Indiana University Northwest
Liu, Xinhui;  Renmin University of China
Barrientos Marroquin, Pablo;  Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Mohorić, Tamara;  University of Rijeka
Mustaffa, Nur;  International Islamic University Malaysia
Mosca, Oriana;  Roma Tre University
Nader, Marin;  Universidad Ices
Nadi, Azar;  Polish Academy of Sciences
van Osch, Yvette;  Tilburg University
Pavlović, Zoran;  University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy
Poláčková Šolcová, Iva;  Czech Academy of Sciences
Rizwan, Muhammad;  The Delve Pvt Ltd
Romashov, Vladyslav;  Polish Academy of Sciences
Røysamb, Espen;  University of Oslo
Sargautyte, Ruta;  Vilnius University
Schwarz, Beate;  Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Selecká, Lenka;  University of St.Cyril and Methodius of Trnava
Selim, Hayla;  Polish Academy of Sciences
Stogianni, Maria ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS)
Sun, Chien-Ru;  National Chengchi University
Xing, Cai;  Renmin University Of China
Vignoles, Vivian;  University of Sussex
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Title :
Societal Emotional Environments and Cross-Cultural Differences in Life Satisfaction: A Forty-Nine Country Study
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In press
Journal title :
Journal of Positive Psychology
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Focus Area :
Migration and Inclusive Societies
Funders :
Polish National Science Centre under grant 2016/23/D/HS6/02946
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