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In a very broad sense, personal well-being is a good, satisfactory, and desirable state of personal existence or life. It represents a personal aspect of the quality of life. According to the results of the empirical multivariate research, personal well-being is a multifaceted construct, embracing emotional well-being, satisfying life, vitality, resilience and self-esteem, and positive functioning (Michaelson, Abdallah, Steuer, Thompson, & Marks, 2009). It is related to the concepts of subjective well-being, emotional well-being, psychological well-being, mental well-being, satisfaction with life, and happiness and to the notions of social well-being and spiritual well-being. From the psychological point of view, personal well-being is a crucial aspect of health in the psychological and physical sense.


Since Democritus and Aristotle, well-being or happiness has been conceived as an inherent goal in the life of the individual human being. In a large literature on...

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Musek, J., Polic, M. (2014). Personal Well-Being. In: Michalos, A.C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht.

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