Convergence of Character Strengths in American and Japanese Young Adults

  title={Convergence of Character Strengths in American and Japanese Young Adults},
  author={Satoshi Shimai and Keiko Otake and Nansook Park and Christopher Peterson and M. Seligman},
  journal={Journal of Happiness Studies},
We investigated cultural influences on the distribution of character strengths, gender differences in character strengths, and the relationship of happiness to character strengths. Young adults from the United States (n=1099) and Japan (n=308) completed the English or Japanese versions of the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths. American and Japanese showed similar distributions of the 24 strengths measured: Higher strengths included love, humor and kindness, and lesser strengths included… 

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