Happiness is a subjective concept that can be affeccted by many factors, culture being one of them. Through research from our presentation, in Western cultures, happiness is the number one priority. For examples, in the US, people regard happiness as the most important value that is often used to guide their lives. Sometimes failing to appear happy may cause concern for people surrounding you. At the same time, worrying about being happy causes more unhappiness.
On the contrary, in Asian cultures, is a less valued emotion. Interesting studies have shown that more East Asians find it inappropriate to express happiness in social situations. Similarly, Japanese people tend to savour these positive emotions for special ocassions. Some believe that being too happy leads to unhappiness that outweights the positivity. But both cultures agree that sometiems being too happy may be interpreted as being selfish, boring, or shallow.