A Positive Psychology Perspective on Quality of Life by Anastasia Efklides (auth.), Anastasia Efklides, Despina

By Anastasia Efklides (auth.), Anastasia Efklides, Despina Moraitou (eds.)

The build ‘‘quality of lifestyles (QoL)’’, because the Eighties, while it was once brought, is getting used ordinarily within the context of illnesses. components of one’s lifestyles that give a contribution to QoL are solid actual and psychological wellbeing and fitness, effective cognitive functioning, social help, with the ability to meet the necessities lifestyles, optimistic feelings, and so on (Power, 2003). paintings on subjective overall healthiness (SWB), however, used to be built within the context of fit way of life; it additionally has a heritage of greater than 30 years. in this 30-year interval components that experience an effect on SWB, equivalent to SES, gender, wellbeing and fitness, age, and religiosity were pointed out (Diener, 2000). a 3rd self sustaining line of study relates to what has been known as confident Psychology (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000), that's, an emphasis on human strengths, corresponding to optimism, desire, knowledge, confident feelings, resilience, etc., which give a contribution to optimistic functioning in lifestyles. lately, SWB has been linked to human strengths and to the move of optimistic psychology yet this didn't ensue for QoL, in all probability due to its emphasis on individuals with illnesses. besides the fact that, QoL could be conceived of as a established time period that relates to everyone, fit or now not. during this experience, it's heavily relating to 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 various domain names of existence akin to interpersonal family members, health-related occasions, and academic strivings. in addition, the mechanism(s) that underpin QoL and SWB should be studied on the subject of people’s ambitions and strengths of personality, that's, from a good mental viewpoint. this sort of point of view can show the specificities of “quality” within the numerous domain names of existence and, in particular, the confident feelings and strengths that give a contribution to a happier, more healthy, and extra profitable existence, 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 percentage and every of them can take advantage of notions built within the others. the purpose of the current publication is to collect those 3 traditions, express the interactions of variables emphasised by way of them, and provides an integrative point of view from the confident psychology viewpoint. It additionally goals to increase the diversity of existence occasions within which you possibly can search for caliber and which transcend the conventional emphasis of QoL on illnesses. hence, the content material of the proposed ebook covers varied age populations (from teenagers to older adults), fit and folks dealing with illnesses in addition to humans dealing with difficulties of their interpersonal lives or of their ambitions. It additionally discusses elements that give a contribution to marital delight, health within the institution context, and issues that individuals price and cherish. The chapters discuss with notions comparable to happiness, curiosity, resilience, knowledge, desire, altruism, optimism, and spirituality/religiosity that symbolize designated human strengths. ultimately, it emphasizes the function of ambitions and motivation that attach SWB with self-regulation and dealing with of one’s lifestyles priorities. To finish, the chapters incorporated within the proposed edited ebook objective at bringing to the fore new theoretical advancements and learn on QoL, SWB, and confident psychology that bridges formerly specified theoretical traditions. The proposed publication covers a huge diversity of themes, addresses diversified theoretical pursuits and paves the best way for a extra integrative technique. eventually, it brings jointly a global set of authors, from united states, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

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A high scorer on this dimension ‘has goals in life and a sense of directedness’ (Ryff 1989, p. 1072). Accounts that put goal-based behaviour at the absolute heart of well-being have been called ‘telic theories’, which essentially express the view that people experience a sense of well-being when they are engaged in striving towards valued goals (Schmuck and Sheldon 2001). Leaving to one side the question of whether the assumption is valid about the inherent link between goals and well-being, how might goals relate to well-being?

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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).

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