Tourists and Buddhist heritage sites: an integrative analysis of visitors’ experience and happiness through positive psychology constructs

Huang, Keji, Pearce, Philip, and Wu, Maoying (2019) Tourists and Buddhist heritage sites: an integrative analysis of visitors’ experience and happiness through positive psychology constructs. Tourist Studies. (In Press)

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Abstract

The influence of visiting Buddhist heritage sites on happiness is the core concern of this article. China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains provided the setting for the study. Sixty semi-structured interviews were conducted to examine the positive effects of Buddhism on visitors. Thematic analysis was first undertaken to understand the Buddhism-induced happiness. In the terms of Buddhism, the visitors’ happiness was related to the law of karma, impermanence and reincarnation. The PERMA model from positive psychology was then utilized as a second interpretive framework, in which positive changes in visitors’ attitudes, behaviours and life were noted. The links between the core values of Buddhism and the PERMA model were then established and portrayed. The study makes a theoretical contribution by connecting the positive psychology constructs and the effects of Buddhism in the tourism context. In addition, this study provides insightful suggestions for local communities to manage religious heritage sites sustainably.

Item ID: 58669
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-3206
Keywords: Buddhism; happiness; heritage sites; the PERMA model; visitor experience
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2019
Funders: Ministry of Culture and Tourism, CHN, International Association for China Tourism Studies (IACTS), Monitoring Centre for UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories (MCSTO), Sun Yat-sen University
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2019 02:35
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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