Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

2014 Edition
| Editors: Alex C. Michalos

Eudaimonic Well-Being

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_929



Eudaimonic well-being refers to the subjective experiences associated with eudaimonia or living a life of virtue in pursuit of human excellence. The phenomenological experiences derived from such living include self-actualization, personal expressiveness, and vitality.


Well-being is a complex, multifaceted construct that can be defined as optimal human experience and psychological functioning (cf. Ryan & Deci, 2001) and involves subjective experiences and objective conditions indicative of physical, psychological, and social wellness. From the dawn of intellectual history, philosophers have debated what constitutes “the good life” and how such a life may be achieved, and this debate has recently permeated psychological theory and research (Kashdan, Biswas-Diener, & King, 2008; Ryan & Huta, 2009; Ryff & Singer, 2008; Waterman, 2008).

One philosophical approach to “the good life” is eudaimonism. Often placed in juxtaposition to

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in PsychologyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA