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Handbook of Eudaimonic Well-Being

Editors:

  • Is a timely compilation of current research about “homo eudaimonicus”

  • Ties in with OECD guidelines on measuring subjective well-being

  • Meets increasing interest in the topic among researchers, decision makers and in public debates ?

Part of the book series: International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life (IHQL)

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Table of contents (38 chapters)

  1. Identifying the Elements of Psychological Eudaimonics

    1. Measuring Eudaimonic Well-Being

      • Carmel Proctor, Roger Tweed
      Pages 277-294
  2. Living Eudaimonically

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 295-295
    2. The Mind of the “Happy Warrior”: Eudaimonia, Awe, and the Search for Meaning in Life

      • Alexander F. Danvers, Makenzie J. O’Neil, Michelle N. Shiota
      Pages 323-335
    3. Heroism and Eudaimonia: Sublime Actualization Through the Embodiment of Virtue

      • Zeno E. Franco, Olivia Efthimiou, Philip G. Zimbardo
      Pages 337-348
    4. Eudaimonia, Aging, and Health: A Review of Underlying Mechanisms

      • Anthony D. Ong, Alicia Patterson
      Pages 371-378
    5. Wholeness and Holiness: The Spiritual Dimension of Eudaimonics

      • Kenneth I. Pargament, Serena Wong, Julie J. Exline
      Pages 379-394
  3. Eudaimonia and the Society

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 407-407
    2. Eudaimonic Well-being: A Gendered Perspective

      • Leah J. Ferguson, Katie E. Gunnell
      Pages 427-436
    3. Sentimental Hedonism: Pleasure, Purpose, and Public Policy

      • Paul Dolan, Laura Kudrna
      Pages 437-452
    4. The Eudemonics of Education

      • Hans Henrik Knoop
      Pages 453-471
    5. Developing a Eudaimonia Research Agenda in Travel and Tourism

      • M. Joseph Sirgy, Muzaffer Uysal
      Pages 485-495
  4. Against Eudaimonia

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 521-521

About this book

This handbook presents the most comprehensive account of eudaimonic well-being to date. It brings together theoretical insights and empirical updates presented by leading scholars and young researchers. The handbook examines philosophical and historical approaches to the study of happy lives and good societies, and it critically looks at conceptual controversies related to eudaimonia and well-being. It identifies the elements of happiness in a variety of areas such as emotions, health, wisdom, self-determination, internal motivation, personal growth, genetics, work, leisure, heroism, and many more. It then places eudaimonic well-being in the larger context of society, addressing social elements. The most remarkable outcome of the book is arguably its large-scale relevance, reminding us that the more we know about the good way of living, the more we are in a position to build a society that can be supportive and offer opportunities for such a way of living for all of its citizens.

Keywords

  • Development of Scientific Concepts
  • Eudaimonic Well-Being in therapy and interventions
  • Health and Eudaimonic Well-Being
  • Hedonic Well-Being and Eudaimonic Well-Being
  • Measuring Eudaimonic Well-Being
  • Psychological Approaches to Virtues

Editors and Affiliations

  • UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

    Joar Vittersø

About the editor

Joar Vittersø is a professor of psychology at the University of Tromsø, Norway. He holds a Master’s degree in social anthropology and a Ph.D. in social psychology, both from the University of Oslo. Author of more than 60 scientific journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Vittersø primarily conducts research on well-being, positive emotions and other elements of a good life.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 299.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-42445-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 379.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 379.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)