Wellbeing & How to Improve It - Mental Fitness: Converge International - Page 6



W H AT I S
WELLBEING?
At Converge we define “wellbeing”
as both feeling happy and also
living with energy and purpose.
Many studies equate wellbeing with emotional
happiness. For example, one study2 used a measure
of subjective wellbeing defined by “Frequent positive
affect, high life satisfaction and infrequent negative
affect.” Others have taken a broader view3 defining
wellbeing as “people’s positive evaluations of their
lives, including positive emotion, engagement,
satisfaction and meaning”. Over time, two different
aspects of wellbeing have emerged: which might be
summarised as subjective happiness and functioning
well, with subjective happiness being defined by
positive emotions and satisfaction with life, while
functioning well is defined by autonomy, meaning and
vitality. 4
Researchers trying to define wellbeing have begun to
use terms such as “flourishing” rather than “happiness”
in recognition of these two aspects of wellbeing.
In fact, some researchers prefer not to talk about
happiness at all. This is because, ironically, pursuing
a happy life may be less successful at achieving
subjective happiness than pursuing a meaningful and
satisfying life.5 Feeling happy is a moment to moment
sensation which people may not always be good at
identifying in themselves. A meaningful and satisfying
life has long lasting effects which promote feelings
of happiness but doesn’t solely depend on these
momentary sensations.
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WELLBEING AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT | A WHITE PAPER FROM CONVERGE INTERNATIONAL | 2020

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