Framing Complexity in Wellbeing

  • Alice GoodenoughEmail author
  • Sue Waite


This chapter touches on UK policy activity around achievement and measurement of wellbeing, including nationwide measurements of life satisfaction and financial indicators of flourishing such as GDP. The complexities of ‘wellbeing’, a wide-ranging concept with a large number of definitions, are explored. Its hedonic and eudaimonic aspects and non-subjective and subjective measurements of it are critically discussed. The pilot Good from Woods framework for understanding and exploring woodland wellbeing is introduced. It proposed that woodland wellbeing could be holistically mapped in relation to five main domains or categories of human experience: emotional, psychological, social, physical and biophilic. The sets of ‘indicators’ associated with each domain, feelings, behaviours and experiences that suggest wellbeing is being supported are described, foregrounding their use within the case study chapters.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ResearcherStroudUK
  2. 2.Institute of EducationUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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