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Sustainable Well-Being: A Potential Synergy Between Sustainability and Well-Being Research

Kjell, Oscar LU (2011) In Review of General Psychology 15(3). p.255-266
Abstract
This article outlines a potential synergy between sustainability and well-being research. Currently aims within well-being and sustainability research focus on increasing well-being. First, sustainability is defined and important concepts within it highlighted, that is, aims, interdependencies, constraints, values and balanced adaptive processes. It is suggested that positioning well-being more clearly within the sustainability framework can enhance the role of sustainability: for example, in terms of aims and monitoring progress. In turn, the sustainability framework outlined, guides the second part of the article, illustrating how it can reciprocally enhance well-being research. That is, comprehensive empirical, evolutionary,... (More)
This article outlines a potential synergy between sustainability and well-being research. Currently aims within well-being and sustainability research focus on increasing well-being. First, sustainability is defined and important concepts within it highlighted, that is, aims, interdependencies, constraints, values and balanced adaptive processes. It is suggested that positioning well-being more clearly within the sustainability framework can enhance the role of sustainability: for example, in terms of aims and monitoring progress. In turn, the sustainability framework outlined, guides the second part of the article, illustrating how it can reciprocally enhance well-being research. That is, comprehensive empirical, evolutionary, cross-cultural, and self-conceptual evidence illustrate individuals' interdependencies with other people and nature. Despite this, contemporary hedonic and eudaimonic well-being approaches and accompanying measures are demonstrated to be isolating; investigating well-being individualistically and in a decontextualized manner. This is in line with the individualistic and independent values of Western cultures. Therefore, it is suggested that employing the sustainability framework emphasizing interdependencies within well-being research can be beneficial; perhaps even resulting in an all-inclusive increase in well-being. Limitations are also raised and future research directions suggested. The author concludes that both sustainability and well-being research can benefit from the synergy toward sustainable well-being. (Less)
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sustainable well-being, happiness, sustainability, interdependency, balance
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Review of General Psychology
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15
issue
3
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255 - 266
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American Psychological Association (APA)
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1089-2680
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10.1037/a0024603
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English
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  author       = {Kjell, Oscar},
  issn         = {1089-2680},
  keyword      = {sustainable well-being,happiness,sustainability,interdependency,balance},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {255--266},
  publisher    = {American Psychological Association (APA)},
  series       = {Review of General Psychology},
  title        = {Sustainable Well-Being: A Potential Synergy Between Sustainability and Well-Being Research},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0024603},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2011},
}