Social Indicators Research

, Volume 74, Issue 2, pp 349–368 | Cite as

Are Psychological and Ecological Well-being Compatible? The Role of Values, Mindfulness, and Lifestyle

  • Kirk Warren BrownEmail author
  • Tim Kasser


Happiness and ecological well-being are often portrayed as conflictual pursuits, but they may actually be complementary. In samples of adolescents (Study 1) and adults (Study 2), we tested this proposition and examined the role of three factors in promoting both subjective well-being (SWB) and ecologically responsible behavior (ERB). In both studies, individuals higher in SWB reported more ERB. An intrinsic value orientation (Studies 1 and 2) and dispositional mindfulness (Study 2) related to higher SWB and ERB, while a lifestyle of voluntary simplicity (Study 2) related to higher ERB. Further analyses showed that the compatibility of SWB and ERB was explained by intrinsic values and mindfulness. These findings offer clues to a sustainable way of life that enhances both personal and collective well-being.


Responsible Behavior Dispositional Mindfulness Conflictual Pursuit Voluntary Simplicity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSP, Meliora Hall University of RochesterRochesterUSA

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