Well-Being

From wealth to well-being? Money matters but less than people think.

While numerous studies have documented the modest (though reliable) link between household income and well-being we examined the accuracy of laypeople's intuitions about this relationship by asking people from across the income spectrum to report their own happiness and to predict the happiness of others (Study 1) and themselv...

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Feeling good and functioning well: distinctive concepts in ancient philosophy and contemporary science.

This paper is an invited response to Kashdan Biswas-Diener & King (2008) and to Waterman's (2008) commentary. Kashdan et al. assert that the distinction between hedonic and eudaimonic well-being is unwarranted philosophically and scientifically....

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Meaning in life across the life span: Levels and correlates of meaning in life from emerging adulthood to older adulthood.

Meaning in life is thought to be important to well-being throughout the human life span. We assessed the structure levels and correlates of the presence of meaning in life and the search for meaning within four life stage groups: emerging adulthood young adulthood middle-age adulthood and older adulthood....

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Positive expectancies and mental health: Identifying the unique contributions of hope and optimism.

Contemporary theories of hope and optimism provide two explanations for how positive expectancies can shape human behavior and promote well-being....

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A question of balance: Time perspective and well-being in British and Russian samples.

Two studies were conducted investigating the relationship between the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory (ZTPI) scales and well-being measures in British (N = 179) and Russian (N = 289) student samples....

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Constitutive and instrumental goal orientations and their relations with eudaimonic and hedonic well-being.

This study investigated an Aristotelian model of eudaimonic and hedonic well-being that distinguishes between goal orientations in which the means and ends are separable (instrumental) and in which the means and ends are inherently related (constitutive)....

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The Questionnaire for Eudaimonic Well-Being: Psychometric properties demographic comparisons and evidence of validity.

The Questionnaire for Eudaimonic Well-Being (QEWB) was developed to measure well-being in a manner consistent with how it is conceptualized in eudaimonist philosophy....

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Behavioral activation interventions for well-being: A meta-analysis.

One of the most promising ways to increase well-being is to engage in valued and enjoyable activities. Behavioral activation (BA) an intervention approach most commonly associated with the treatment of depression is consistent with this recommendation and can easily be adapted for non-clinical populations....

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