Cross-cultural research suggests that wellbeing may be experienced differently by distinct populations. While research on wellbeing in non-Western populations has increased, there is limited empirical evidence regarding wellbeing in Indonesia. As the fourth largest country in the world, and with its unique socio-cultural characteristics, the potentially distinctive Indonesian experience of wellbeing has been overlooked by international scholars. The present research investigated the Indonesian perception of wellbeing using a qualitative thematic analysis approach. Thirty Indonesian adults participated in semi structured interviews which focused on their understanding and experience of wellbeing. The analysis revealed a number of keythemes: fulfilment of basic needs; social relations with family and community; and the positive world views of self-acceptance, gratitude, and spirituality as key aspects of wellbeing. Although these overarching themes are commonly reported in wellbeing research, the expression of these themes was unique to the Indonesian context. This study enriches the wellbeing literature and understanding of the experience of wellbeing in the Indonesian context and paves the ways for further research.
Happiness, Indonesia, Thematic Analysis, Qualitative, Wellbeing
This research was funded by the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP), Ministry of Finance, Republic of Indonesia, as a part of the first author’s doctoral scholarship at the School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Authors are also thankful for the valuable comments and suggestions made by the editor and reviewer team of The Qualitative Report journal.
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Maulana, H., Obst, P., & Khawaja, N. (2018). Indonesian Perspective of Wellbeing: A Qualitative Study. The Qualitative Report, 23(12), 3136-3152. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss12/18