Basic Concepts in Positive Psychology

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Basic Concepts in Positive Psychology Subjective well-being is based on a person’s ratings of life satisfaction and confident emotional experience. Subjective well-being or happiness reflects a person’s own judgment of his or her quality of life and a relative absence of negative affect. Someone who experiences a high level of satisfaction with their life or encounters a greater positive affect would have a high level of subjective well-being or happier. When this concept is measured they are measuring what people think and feel about their lives. The three components of SWB are life satisfaction, positive affect ad negative affect. Life satisfaction is a cognitive judgment concerning how a person is with his or her life (Baumgardner & Crothers, 2009, p. 21). The emotional factors positive and negative affect refer to people’s feelings about their lives. The positive affect speak of the frequency and intensity of enjoyable emotions such as joy. Whereas the negative affect refers to the frequency and intensity of unkind emotions such as sadness.

* I would choose not to be hooked to a machine that would only give feelings of cheerfulness. As mentioned in the text we may be only happy for a while, but I would not even choose to experience that for a while. Hedonic perspective defines happiness as maximizing pleasure with minimal pain. Being hooked to that machine even for a while might bring us hedonic happiness. On the other hand eudaimonic is when the good life results from living in accordance with your diamon in other words your true self (Baumgardner & Crothers, 2009). For instance we all do not like the pain of sadness or disappointment however those feelings makes us who were are. We build character and strength from life’s experiences, whether they are good or bad. Without those feelings we would have no personality and one might find us

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