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In positive psychology well being is when people are healthy, both physically and mentally, they are usually adjusted to their circumstances and reporting being satisfied with life.

Subjective well being[]

Subjective well-being (SWB) refers to how people experience the quality of their lives and includes both emotional reactions and cognitive judgments.[1] Psychologists have defined happiness as a combination of life satisfaction and the relative frequency of positive and negative affect.[2] SWB therefore encompasses moods and emotions as well as evaluations of one's satisfaction with general and specific areas of one's life.[3] Concepts encompassed by SWB include positive and negative affect, happiness, and life satisfaction. Positive psychology is particularly concerned with the study of SWB.[4] SWB tends to be stable over time[3] and is strongly related to personality traits.[5] There is evidence that health and SWB may mutually influence each other, as good health tends to be associated with greater happiness,[6] and a number of studies have found that positive emotions and optimism can have a beneficial influence on health.[7]


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  1. Diener, Ed (1984). Subjective well-being. Psychological Bulletin 95 (3): 542–575.
  2. Diener, et al. (1991). {{{title}}}.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Diener, Ed, Suh, E.M.; Lucas, R.E. & Smith, H.L (1999). Subjective well-being: Three Decades of Progress. Psychological Bulletin 125 (2): 276–302.
  4. Diener, Ed (2000). Subjective well-being: The Science of Happiness and a Proposal for a National Index. American Psychologist 55 (1): 34–43.
  5. Steel, Piers, Schmidt, Joseph & Shultz, Jonas (2008). Refining the relationship between personality and Subjective well-being. Psychological Bulletin 134 (1): 138–161.
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