From authentic happiness to well-being

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Subtitle: the flourishing of Positive Psychology
Author list: Koller S, Scorsolini-Comin F, Fontaine V, Santos M A
Publisher: SpringerOpen (part of Springer Nature)
Publication year: 2013
Volume number: 26
Issue number: 4
Start page: .663
End page: .670
ISSN: 0102-7972
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


The present study aims to present paradigm shifts from the authentic happiness theory (2002) to the well-being theory (2011), both developed in Positive Psychology by Martin Seligman. The well-being theory adds fulfillment and interpersonal relationships to the elements already included in the first theory (positive emotions, engagement and meaning), highlighting that well-being does not depend only on individual aspects but on issues related to context and interpersonal relationships. Whereas authentic happiness seeks life satisfaction, well-being aspires to flourishing - a more complex and dynamic construct. Well-being theory opens the possibility of developing public policies related to promotion of quality of life without ruling out the need for constant review of such approach.


Happiness, Health and well-being, Health promotion, Positive Psychology


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