Sustained striatal activity predicts eudaimonic well-being and cortisol output.

  title={Sustained striatal activity predicts eudaimonic well-being and cortisol output.},
  author={Aaron S. Heller and Carien M. van Reekum and Stacey M. Schaefer and Regina C. Lapate and Barry T. Radler and Carol D. Ryff and Richard J. Davidson},
  journal={Psychological science},
  volume={24 11},
Eudaimonic well-being-a sense of purpose, meaning, and engagement with life-is protective against psychopathology and predicts physical health, including lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Although it has been suggested that the ability to engage the neural circuitry of reward may promote well-being and mediate the relationship between well-being and health, this hypothesis has remained untested. To test this hypothesis, we had participants view positive, neutral, and negative images… CONTINUE READING
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