September 20, 2012
Subjective well-being is based on an individual’s personal judgment of life satisfaction and emotional experience. In other words, subjective well-being or happiness reflects an individual’s perspective of his or her quality of life which relates to the absence of negative experiences as well as the attendance of negative experience. Someone who experiences more positive satisfaction and experiences in their life would have a high level of subjective well-being or be happier in life. When researchers measure this concept they are measuring what people think and feel about their lives. The three components of measuring subjective well-being in an individual are life satisfaction, positive experiences and affect, as well as negative experiences and 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 experiences and affect relate to an individual’s opinion about his or her life. The positive experience and affect relate to how much enjoyable situations occur in an individual’s life and the satisfaction or joy they have because of those situations. While the negative experiences and affect relate to the how many non-enjoyable situations occur in an individual’s life and the lack of joy or sadness they have because of it. I would choose not to be hooked to a machine that would only give feelings of cheerfulness. Hedonic perspective defines happiness as complete pleasure with minimal sadness. Being hooked to that machine would cause hedonic happiness even if only hooked to the machine for a short amount of time. On the contrary, eudaimonic perspective is when satisfactory life results from living in accordance your true self (Baumgardner & Crothers, 2009). If an individual was completely happy all of the time then if that individual ever had a
References: 1. Positive Psychology, by Steve R. Baumgardner and Marie K. Crothers. Published by Prentice Hall. Copyright © 2009 by Pearson Education, Inc.