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Defining “Khushhali”

Well-Being in Interaction

The author’s interviews with 203 men and women in India show the usefulness of seeing well-being as arising in social interactions, rather than existing within the individual. He finds that people craft felicitous interactions with others that increase their own well-being and that of others in a self-reinforcing spiral.           

Narendra Sethi and Meenu Sharma assisted me in arranging, conducting, and translating interviews.  Two SUNY-Geneseo sabbaticals and a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad fellowship supported the research and writing. Delhi University hosted me in India. 

Above all, the human is a social being; friends should be social ones. This is the meaning of well-being. Millionaires are not poor and dirty, but without good friends, where is their well-being?                                                                                                   

79-year-old Prakash Tyagi (names are pseudonyms) 

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