By Anastasia Efklides (auth.), Anastasia Efklides, Despina Moraitou (eds.)
The build ‘‘quality of existence (QoL)’’, because the Nineteen Eighties, while it used to be brought, is getting used typically within the context of illnesses. components of one’s existence that give a contribution to QoL are sturdy actual and psychological overall healthiness, effective cognitive functioning, social help, having the ability to meet the necessities lifestyles, confident feelings, and so forth (Power, 2003). paintings on subjective healthiness (SWB), nonetheless, was once constructed within the context of fit way of life; it additionally has a historical past of greater than 30 years. in this 30-year interval components that experience an influence on SWB, corresponding to SES, gender, overall healthiness, age, and religiosity were pointed out (Diener, 2000). a 3rd autonomous line of study relates to what has been referred to as optimistic Psychology (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000), that's, an emphasis on human strengths, equivalent to optimism, wish, knowledge, confident feelings, resilience, etc., which give a contribution to confident functioning in existence. lately, SWB has been linked to human strengths and to the flow of confident psychology yet this didn't take place for QoL, potentially as a result of its emphasis on individuals with illnesses. in spite of the fact that, QoL might be conceived of as a ordinary time period that relates to everybody, fit or now not. during this feel, it really is heavily on the topic of SWB outlined as happiness (Diener, 2000). additionally, QoL encompasses optimistic feelings that transcend happiness and has the virtue that it may be utilized to many alternative domain names of existence similar to interpersonal kinfolk, health-related events, and academic strivings. furthermore, the mechanism(s) that underpin QoL and SWB might be studied when it comes to people’s targets and strengths of personality, that's, from a favorable mental point of view. the sort of standpoint can show the specificities of “quality” within the a number of domain names of lifestyles and, particularly, the optimistic feelings and strengths that give a contribution to a happier, more fit, and extra profitable lifestyles, even in face of adversity. for that reason, regardless of the variations one of the 3 theoretical traditions, particularly QoL, SWB, and optimistic psychology, it truly is attainable to discover the typical floor they proportion and every of them can make the most of notions constructed within the others. the purpose of the current e-book is to assemble those 3 traditions, exhibit the interactions of variables emphasised via them, and provides an integrative standpoint from the optimistic psychology viewpoint. It additionally goals to increase the variety of existence events during which you could search for caliber and which transcend the conventional emphasis of QoL on illnesses. therefore, the content material of the proposed publication covers diversified age populations (from childrens to older adults), fit and other people dealing with illnesses in addition to humans dealing with difficulties of their interpersonal lives or of their objectives. It additionally discusses components that give a contribution to marital delight, health within the university context, and issues that individuals price and cherish. The chapters discuss with notions similar to happiness, curiosity, resilience, knowledge, desire, altruism, optimism, and spirituality/religiosity that signify certain human strengths. eventually, it emphasizes the position of targets and motivation that attach SWB with self-regulation and handling of one’s lifestyles priorities. To finish, the chapters incorporated within the proposed edited publication objective at bringing to the fore new theoretical advancements and examine on QoL, SWB, and confident psychology that bridges formerly detailed theoretical traditions. The proposed publication covers a huge variety of themes, addresses varied theoretical pursuits and paves the way in which for a extra integrative technique. ultimately, it brings jointly a world set of authors, from united states, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
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If someone, for example, feels happy, experiences lots of pleasure in the absence of pain, evaluates their life favourably, feels satisfied with their life, and so on, then they have high well-being. From an extreme subjectivist perspective, it makes no difference for the well-being of the individual how the happiness arises, although of course, it may matter in other ways, for example, in moral ways. It should be noted that what is being considered when discussing any concept of well-being is what it is that defines a life that is good for the person who is living that life, what is sometimes called prudential value, as opposed to other values, such as moral value, for example, the goodness of that life for other people, which is a separate concern (Haybron 2008).
Finally, causality should not be assumed. It is not difficult to see that being unhappy might well lead a person to having goals that are about the self and might also lead them to clutch at more concrete goals involving money and recognition as escape routes from unhappiness. Such extrinsic goals may appear to offer an obvious route out of unhappiness. Nevertheless, if such goals are limited in their capacity for well-being enhancement, then there is a negative cycle where those low in well-being try to pursue goals to improve their situation not realising that those goals have little of that capability.