Mental health and well-being: culture and general well-being, subjective happiness, diener & diener (1996) - 489!0450,70,55. N compared the subjective well-being of nations on the scale of 0 to 10. N a disposition towards pleasant affect facilitates exploratory behaviour, supporting evolutionary advantages. N however, difficulty meeting basic needs or other circumstances (e. g. , lack of respect) may decrease well-being: subjective well-being & world happiness. N according to world map of happiness, western countries are the happiest. Happiness seems to be closely linked to access to health(. 62), wealth(. 52) and education(. 51) N denmark is the happiest nation in the world, canada is 10 and us is 23. Seems like it is the culture of balance, people can balance their individual and interpersonal self quiet well. There is acceptance for everyone: physical health. N traditionally, physical health was viewed as largely biological issue, and outside the realm of cultural influence.