The Shifting Basis of Life Satisfaction Judgments Across Cultures: Emotions Versus Norms

  title={The Shifting Basis of Life Satisfaction Judgments Across Cultures: Emotions Versus Norms},
  author={Eunkook M. Suh and Ed Diener and Shigehiro Oishi and Harry C. Triandis},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
The relative importance of emotions versus normative beliefs for life satisfaction judgments was compared among individualist and collectivist nations in 2 large sets of international data (in total, 61 nations, N = 62,446). Among nations, emotions and life satisfaction correlated significantly more strongly in more individualistic nations (r = .52 in Study 1; r = .48 in Study 2). At the individual level, emotions were far superior predictors of life satisfaction to norms (social approval of… 

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