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.
To better understand how people perceive and their experience on altruistic behaviours in Hong Kong, we kicked off the project by inviting people from diverse social-economic background to share their thoughts on this matter in a focus group.
We have held a total of 6 focus groups back in late 2015. A total of 35 participants from a wide range of occupations and ethnicity participated the focus group in either Cantonese, English, or Mandarin. The discussion among participants generated invaluable ideas and information on the topic and had enriched our understanding of altruism in Hong Kong. We express our greatest appreciation to those who participated in the study.
The research team have now completed all transcriptions in verbatim and have conducted a preliminary thematic analysis. The results are encouraging and will surely enhance our understanding of altruism in Hong Kong,