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Connections & Conversations - What Puts The “Well” In Well-Being? - Eranda Jayawickreme Connections & Conversations - What Puts The “Well” In Well-Being? - Eranda Jayawickreme Presentation Transcript

  • Connections And Conversations April 5th 2014 Eranda Jayawickreme, Assistant Professor, Psychology What Puts The “Well” In Well-Being?
  • Why Are People Satisfied with Their Lives? Two accounts ◦ Bottom-up approaches ◦ “Getting what you want” ◦ Situations, Events, Context ◦ Top-down approaches ◦ “Wanting what you have” ◦ Personality, Genetics, Stability
  • Bottom-Up or Top-Down? Initial popularity of Bottom-Up models Shift towards Top-Down model ◦ Set-Point theory But is it all top-down? ◦ Does my marriage matter? ◦ What can I do to change?
  • MIDUS I (1995) & II (2005) Jayawickreme, Karlen, Johnson, McSwiggan & Fleeson, in preparation DATA WITHHELD UNTIL PUBLICATION
  • A Combination ◦ Bottom-up processes matter ◦ Affording change ◦ “What is to be done?” ◦ But thank goodness for top-down processes ◦ Responding to ethnopolitical warfare ◦ Coping and meaning-making ◦ Beliefs about growth
  • What Puts the “Well” in Well-Being?
  • What I Do The Good Life ◦ Happiness (Jayawickreme & Seligman, 2012; Jayawickreme, Pawelski & Seligman, 2008; Forgeard, Jayawickreme, Kern & Seligman, 2011) ◦ Meaning (Jayawickreme & Blackie, 2014; Blackie, Jayawickreme, Forgeard & Jayawickreme, 2014; Roepke, Jayawickreme, & Riffle 2013) ◦ Morality (Jayawickreme, Meindl, Helzer, Furr & Fleeson, 2014; Jayawickreme & Chemero, 2008; Jayawickreme & DiStefano, 2012)
  • What Puts the “Well” in Well-Being at Wake Forest?
  • Acknowledgements Sara Dahill-Brown, Assistant Professor, Politics & Int’l Affairs Wiiliam Fleeson, Ollen R. Nalley Professor, Psychology Christian Miller, Asssociate Professor, Philosophy Penny Rue, PhD, Vice-President for Student Life Andy Chan, Vice-President, Personal and Career Development Phil Handwerk, Director, Office of Institutional Research Others
  • Our proposed model Student Well-Being Emotional Well- Being Subjective Well- Being Meaning/Purpose Relational Well- Being Belongingness Commitment to Others Intellectual Well- Being Grit/Perseverance Physical Well-Being Physical Vitality