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Hedonia, eudaimonia, and well-being: an introduction


Research on well-being can be thought of as falling into two traditions. In one—the hedonistic tradition—the focus is on happiness, generally defined as the presence of positive affect and the absence of negative affect. In the other—the eudaimonic tradition—the focus is on living life in a full and deeply satisfying way. Recognizing that much recent research on well-being has been more closely aligned with the hedonistic tradition, this special issue presents discussions and research reviews from the eudaimonic tradition, making clear how the concept of eudaimonia adds an important perspective to our understanding of well-being.

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Deci, E.L., Ryan, R.M. Hedonia, eudaimonia, and well-being: an introduction. J Happiness Stud 9, 1–11 (2008).

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  • eudaimonia
  • fully functioning
  • hedonism
  • subjective well-being