Well-being and Morality in Chinese Culture

Vivian Miu-Chi LUN*

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Well-being is about the extent to which a person lives a good life. To understand well-being, different theories have been developed and abundant research has been conducted to examine what a "good life" is now how to live it. In this paper, the literature relevant to the understanding of well-being in Chinese culture will be reviewed. Specifically, the importance of social relations in Chinese well-being will be highlighted. Building on this emphasis on interpersonal relationships, the central role of harmony in understanding Chinese well-being will also be examined with reference to the individual-centered conceptualization of well-being in the West. The implications of this relational approach of well-being to our understanding of morality in contemporary Chinese culture will be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Morality, Cognition, and Emotion in China
EditorsRyan NICHOLS
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003281566, 9781000576481
ISBN (Print)9781032114163
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

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© 2022 selection and editorial matter, Ryan Nichols; individual chapters, the contributors.


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