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Translating Happiness: A Cross-Cultural Lexicon of Well-Being

Tim Lomas


This book presents an innovative new approach to the study of wellbeing, intersecting psychology, linguistics, and cross-cultural scholarship. It begins by introducing a cartographic theory of language, proposing that words enable us to map our world, and thus to understand and navigate our lives. However, different cultures map the world in different ways, generating so-called untranslatable words (i.e., which lack an equivalent in another language – in this case, English). Their significance is that they point to aspects of life that have hitherto been overlooked or undervalued in English-sp ... More

Keywords: Wellbeing, Happiness, Positive psychology, Language, Cross-cultural, Untranslatable, Lexicography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037488
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Lomas, author
University of East London

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