Benefits of accounts of well-being – For societies and for psychological science
Diener, E., Kesebir, P., & Lucas, R. (2008). Benefits of accounts of well-being – For societies and for psychological science. Applied Psychology, 57(s1), 37-53.
The decisions of business leaders and government officials are currently guided by economic and social indicators. It is proposed that accounts of well-being be collected on an ongoing basis to complement the existing indicators. Accounts of subjective well-being would track the societal groups where happiness, life satisfaction, engagement, and positive feelings are high versus low, would indicate the activities that people find enjoyable versus unpleasant, and would monitor changing levels of well-being over time. The accounts would serve decision-makers by making important information on well-being and ill-being available to them. They would also greatly help applied psychology by drawing more attention and interest to important outcomes that are likely to result from psychological interventions.
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