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Psychological well-being is important for physical health

In a comprehensive review published in the current issue of and Psychosomatics (P&P), described how have supported the link between psychological well-being and .

The model of psychological well-being was developed more than two decades ago to address neglected aspects of positive functioning such as purposeful engagement in life, realization of personal talents and capacities, and enlightened self-knowledge. The conceptual origins of this formulation are revisited and scientific products emerging from 6 thematic areas are examined:

  1. How well-being changes across adult development and later life;
  2. What are the personality correlates of well-being;
  3. How well-being is linked with experiences in family life;

  4. How well-being relates to work and other community activities;

  5. What are the connections between well-being and health, including biological risk factors, and

  6. Via clinical and intervention studies, how psychological well-being can be promoted for ever-greater segments of society.

Together, these topics illustrate flourishing interest across diverse scientific disciplines in understanding adults as striving, meaning-making, proactive organisms who are actively negotiating the challenges of life. A take-home message is that increasing evidence supports the health protective features of psychological well-being in reducing risk for disease and promoting length of life. A recurrent and increasingly important theme is resilience – the capacity to maintain or regain well-being in the face of adversity.


Psychological Well-Being Revisited: Advances in the Science and Practice of Eudaimonia, Author: Ryff C.D., Psychother Psychosom (2014) DOI:10.1159/000353263

Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics