Early social experiences and living well: A longitudinal view of adult physical health

Jeff Simpson, Allison K. Farrell, Chloe O. Huelsnitz, Jami Eller

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Abstract

Several chapters in this volume highlight the importance of psychological wellbeing for living the good life (see, for example, the chapters by Baumeister, Dunn & Dwyer, Forgas, Fredrickson, Gable, Huppert, Fritz & Lyubomirsky, and Myers). Physical well-being, however, is also important in order to enjoy and appreciate life, especially as people age. Aristotle suggested that bodily excellences were constituent parts of happiness, and research now supports this assertion. Perceptions of physical health, for example, are positively associated with reports of subjective well-being (Okun & George, 1984), especially among older individuals (Okun & Stock, 1987). In order to live the good life, therefore, individuals need to have and maintain good physical health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Social Psychology of Living Well
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages257-276
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781351189705
ISBN (Print)9780815369233
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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