Well-Being Concepts

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While there is no single definition of well-being, there is a general agreement that well-being includes having positive emotions (e.g., contentment, happiness), not having negative emotions (e.g., depression, anxiety), satisfaction with life, fulfillment, and positive functioning.

In simple terms, well-being can be described as judging life positively and feeling good. For public health purposes, physical well-being (e.g., feeling very healthy and full of energy) is also viewed as critical to overall well-being.

Researchers from different disciplines have examined individual aspects of well-being that include the following:

  • Physical well-being
  • Economic well-being
  • Social well-being
  • Development and activity
  • Emotional well-being
  • Psychological well-being
  • Life satisfaction
  • Domain specific satisfaction
  • Engaging activities and work