Interdependent Happiness: Progress and Implications

  • Hidefumi HitokotoEmail author
  • Yukiko Uchida
Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 13)


We argue that interdependent happiness, predicated on interpersonal harmony, quiescence and ordinariness, is the core concept of shared meanings of happiness in interdependent cultural contexts. This paper presents its theoretical background based on culture and self studies, methods of measurement, and the latest available evidence from both the East and the West on interdependent happiness, while also elaborating on future directions. In particular, we investigate how interdependent happiness correlates with subjective well-being differently and flourishes differently across cultures. Our argument is an East Asian contribution to the recent world-wide interest in the measurement of culturally diverse types of happiness, that attempts to better appreciate the deeply rooted, socio-cultural nature of human ways of life.


Culture Interdependent happiness Regional difference Developmental change 


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  1. 1.Kyoto University, Kokoro Research CenterKyotoJapan

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