A Longitudinal Study on Altruism and Well-being in Hong Kong

Background and Objectives

Well-being has been generally agreed worldwide as more than the absence of illness and negative emotions, but also the presence of positive emotions and moods, sense of meaning, and positive functioning. According to the latest World Happiness Report, Hong Kong ranked near the mid-point in subjective wellbeing and has dropped in the past two years. We see the necessity to explore reasons behind this decrease of subjective wellbeing ranking in Hong Kong. With evidence supported from previous research, we see altruism are often regarded as the source of happiness, an important indicator of well-being, in various cultural traditions such as Confucianism and Christianity. We have therefore developed a three-year project committed to exploring the connection between altruism and well-being in Hong Kong. The current project aims to:

Provide a common metric for policymakers to shape and compare the effects of different policies relating to altruism and well-being;
Inform general public and local policymakers with a more holistic assessment of progress level of our society, and;
Generate crucial information for examining the relationships between altruistic behaviours and well-being.

  • Members

    Professor Paul Yip

  • Collaborator

    Prof. Cheng Qijin (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Duration

    Sept 2015 to Aug 2018

  • Funding

    Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation