On happiness and human potentials: a review of research on hedonic and eudaimonic well-being.

  title={On happiness and human potentials: a review of research on hedonic and eudaimonic well-being.},
  author={Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci},
  journal={Annual review of psychology},
Well-being is a complex construct that concerns optimal experience and functioning. Current research on well-being has been derived from two general perspectives: the hedonic approach, which focuses on happiness and defines well-being in terms of pleasure attainment and pain avoidance; and the eudaimonic approach, which focuses on meaning and self-realization and defines well-being in terms of the degree to which a person is fully functioning. These two views have given rise to different… CONTINUE READING
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