Monday, February 11, 2013

Some links on eudaimonic well-being

Following from some discussion on twitter, I promised to put up some links to papers on eudaimonic well-being. Below is a good sample.

1. Carol Ryff (University of Wisconsin-Madison) has a large volume of papers on this topic.

2. There are many papers employing eudaimonic measures based on meaning as opposed to life satisfaction and happiness measures.  Paper on the Whitehall II cohort examining relationship between sleep quality and eudaimonic well-being.

3. Benjamin, Daniel J; Heffetz, Ori; Kimball, Miles S; Rees-Jones, Alex.  "What Do You Think Would Make You Happier? What Do You Think You Would Choose?"  American Economic Review  102.5  (2012):  2083-2110. This paper doesn't measure eudaimonic utility directly but argues that happiness may be something people trade off as part of a better life measured on their own scale.

4. An example of a paper using exploratory factor analysis by our colleague Alex Wood and others to attempt to delineate the different aspects of well-being, including eudaimonic well-being.

5. Ryan and Deci, 2001 "On happiness and human potentials: A review of research on hedonic and eudaimonic well-being": Very highly cited Annual Review of Psychology paper.

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