(The Public Wants Help Achieving the American Dream by Ruy Teixeira. 2007)
Different cultures and countries perceive happiness in different ways. In western countries, such as Latin America, people believe that they are happy if they have achieved all their goals in their life. In socialist countries such as Japan and China, people have more of a philosophical view towards happiness. They believe that happiness is a blessing from God, and one’s capability or personal accomplishments, do not play a part in this. For example, in Japan people consider that they have acquired happiness by performing their social duties, satisfying the hopes of their families, and by co-operating with others. To them, happiness is achieved more by assisting the society, unlike America where people consider themselves to be happy after gaining pride and success in their lives. (The pursuit of happiness, New Scientist.