APEIPP Presentation @ 2nd World Congress on Positive Psychology
What kind of lens do the natives of Fadoland use to interpret life? Is it possible to be happy and happier in the Nation of Fado, a melancholic music genre that is one of the Portuguese cultural landmarks?
The aim of this study is to understand Portuguese perceptions about happiness. Through an online survey available on website of the Portuguese Association of Studies and Intervention on Positive Psychology, 521 Portuguese answered eight appreciative questions about the meanings of happiness. This research integrates qualitative information with “quantitative data with meaning”, and introduces the posibility of continuing the conversations after the participants answered the survey. The frame for this methodology was the social construtivism perspective.
The data collected reveals a higher life satisfaction scale score, mean 7, compared to the findings in other studies. In the qualitative analyses the results suggests that the Portuguese value most the positive relations in their lives and they perceive their selves as active-constructors of their happiness, mainly through cultivating an appreciative perspective of reality. It also shows discrepancies in the way they define happiness for themselves and what they think makes people happy.
We expect that these results can lead us to new directions about the impact of appreciative questioning and qualitative measures on the assessment of subjective well-being.