Basic Concepts in Positive Psychology
Post a 200- to 300-word response about the following:
• What do researchers mean by ‘subjective well-being’? How is this construct measured?
Subjective well being is defined as life satisfaction, the presence of positive affect, and a relative absence of negative affect. Together, the three components are often referred to as happiness. The measure of the hedonic subjective well being is that we enjoy life and are satisfied with how our lives are going. Also the text mentioned that good events outnumbering bad events are a real big part of the measurement. I think this theory or way of thinking is valid I can say that overall I would be happier if bad events happened less than the events that are good and make me smile. I think that the researchers are asking a lot though this kind of luck rarely comes by people often I think most of the time it is more that we learn to live with the worst of things and we will be happy with the positive events that happen to us. I think that life satisfaction is a big deal to happiness in life I know people who are constantly disappointed that they are not further in life than they are we as humans like to move forward but some lack the motivation or confidence to do so and later in life are the ones that are kicking themselves later.
• On p. 18 of your textbook, the authors present the hypothetical possibility of being hooked up to an ‘experience machine’ that would guarantee a constant state of happiness and positive emotion. Would you choose to be hooked up to such a machine? Why or why not? In your response, differentiate between hedonic and eudaimonic concepts of happiness.
I would not choose to be hooked up to the machine because being in a state of happiness all the time would eventually wear on me I think to be human we need to be able to feel all the emotions that our minds and hearts are capable of feeling. I think...
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