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Translating HappinessA Cross-Cultural Lexicon of Well-Being$
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Tim Lomas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037488

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037488.001.0001

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A Map of Well-Being

A Map of Well-Being

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(p.123) 5 A Map of Well-Being
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Translating Happiness
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Tim Lomas

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037488.003.0005

This concluding chapter summarises the analysis presented in the preceding chapters, and charts a path for the lexicography project to take over the coming years. The chapter begins by distilling the core features of the three meta-categories that together form the overarching theory of wellbeing introduced here, representing the main ways it is experienced (feelings), influenced (relationships), and cultivated (development). In a spirit of reflexivity, it is acknowledged that the analysis in the book has its limitations, including being influenced by the situatedness of the author. However, it is argued that these very limitations can provide the basis for a future research agenda. It is anticipated that this could have two main strands: an empirical strand (aimed at improving the lexicography), and an applied strand (involving initiatives to help people cultivate familiarity with the phenomena signified by the words). Together, these two strands will allow the potential of the lexicography to be fully realised and harnessed in the years ahead.

Keywords:   Theory of wellbeing, Feelings, Relationships, Development, Reflexivity, Research agenda

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