Well-being, Psychology in well-being

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Well-being or welfare is a general term for the condition of an individual or group, for example their social, economic, psychological, spiritual or medical state; high well-being means that, in some sense, the individual or group's experience is positive, while low well-being is associated with negative happenings. To be in a state of well-being.


The correlation between well-being and positive psychology has been proven by many social scientists to be strong and positive one. According to McNulty (2012) “positive psychology at the subjective level is about valued subjective experiences”. Well-being is an important factor in this subjective experience, as well as, contentment, satisfaction of the past, optimism for the future and happiness in the present. People are more likely to experience positive psychology if they take in the good things in each experience or situation. Even in the past if a person only focuses on the negative the brain will only be able to recognize the negative. The more the brain has access to the negative the easier, it becomes because that is what is more memorable. It takes more effort for the brain to remember the positive experiences because typically it is the more smaller actions and experiences that are the positive ones. James McNulty (2012) research looks at this idea a little bit closer. She argues that, “well-being is not determined solely by people’s psychological characteristics but instead is determined jointly by the interplay between those characteristics and qualities of peoples social environments”. When people have well-being they are experiencing a sense of emotional Freedom. There is nothing negative that is holding them back from experiencing positive emotions. This is true if a person is in a certain setting because it has been proved in a past research that a certain setting can hold a lot of memories for an individual just because of what was shared their and the mean of it. For this “well-being is often equated with the experience of pleasure and the absence of [pain] over time”. The less psychological pain an individual is experiencing them more he or she is going to experience well-being.

When someone is positively well-being they are also experiencing a few other things. It involves a sense of self-fulfillment, which is the feeling of being happy and satisfied because one is doing something that fully uses your abilities and talents (Merriam-Webster). The feeling of having a purpose in life and connection with others are also contributors to the idea of well-being. When people feel as though they have a [purpose] in the world they feel like they belong. They feel like they matter and it goes back to he idea that we were created for and by a purpose.

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