Cultures of positivity: interonnectedness as a way of being

SOURCE: Handbook of Quality of Life in African Societies
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2019
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.P.Wissing, L.Schutte, A.W.Fadiji
SOURCE EDITOR(S): I.Eloff
KEYWORDS: CULTURE, QUALITY OF LIFE
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11152

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Abstract

This chapter argues that a good quality of life and well-being is manifested in a culture of positivity emerging from meanings made in people's embeddedness in relations and life contexts. Interconnectedness is a fundamental quality of being human and to a great extent determines people's quality of life and meaning experiences. The authors adopted a broad conceptualization of quality of life including a eudaimonic well-being perspective in which meaning and positive relationships play a core role.