Reconsidering happiness: the costs of distinguishing between hedonics and eudaimonia

  title={Reconsidering happiness: the costs of distinguishing between hedonics and eudaimonia},
  author={Todd Barrett Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener and Laura A. King},
  journal={The Journal of Positive Psychology},
  pages={219 - 233}
In recent years, well-being researchers have distinguished between eudaimonic happiness (e.g., meaning and purpose; taking part in activities that allow for the actualization of one's skills, talents, and potential) and hedonic happiness (e.g., high frequencies of positive affect, low frequencies of negative affect, and evaluating life as satisfying). Unfortunately, this distinction (rooted in philosophy) does not necessarily translate well to science. Among the problems of drawing too sharp a… 
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