Recent findings on subjective well-being


Diener, E., Suh, E., & Oishi, S. (1997). Recent findings on subjective well-being. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology, 24(1), 25-41.


Subjective well-being (SWB) is a field of psychology that attempts to understand people's evaluations of their lives. These evaluations may be primarily cognitive (e.g., life satisfaction or marital satisfaction) or may consist of the frequency with which people experience pleasant emotions (e.g., joy, as measured by the experience sampling technique) and unpleasant emotion (e.g., depression). Researchers in the field strive to understand not just undesirable clinical states, but also differences between people in positive levels of long-term well-being. The article briefly reviews research on measuring SWB, on the demographic correlates of it, and cultural differences in reports of SWB. We also describe influences on SWB such as temperament, and theoretical models of SWB 

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