Doesn't sound like it. Sounds more like there are apathetic cultures and proactive cultures, or something akin to that. Look at the quality of life in Scandinavia: they're in the coldest region of the planet, and yet, always at the top of the ratings for a lot of things.
You don't see a lot of quality-of-life improvement in the dictatorships, do you? That's because culturally, there's little choice, little control for people of their lives. It's a vicious circle some cultures don't enter or escape, for one reason or another.