About the Book

The updated edition of this popular book covers up-to-date research on hedonic well-
being (emotional well-being, positive/negative affect, affective dimension of happiness,
etc.), life satisfaction (subjective well-being, perceived quality of life, subjective well-
being, and cognitive dimension of happiness), and eudaimonia (psychological well-being,
self-actualization, self-realization, growth, mental health, character strengths, etc.).

The book is divided in six major sections. Part 1 begins with a chapter that covers much
of the history and philosophical foundations of the psychology of quality of life in terms
of three major pillars: hedonic well-being, life satisfaction, and eudaimonia. This part
also covers much of the research that has successfully made distinctions among these
three major constructs and its varied dimensions. To establish to the importance of
the topic (the psychology of quality of life), this part also covers much of the literature
on the positive benefits of hedonic well-being, life satisfaction, and eudaimonia on
the individual, the community, organizations, and society at large. Part 2 focuses on
capturing much of research dealing with the effects of objective reality (objective factors
grounded in real, environmental conditions) on hedonic well-being, life satisfaction,
and eudaimonia. Specifically, this part captures the quality-of-life literature related to
biological and health-related effects, income effects, other demographic effects, effects of
personal activities, and socio-cultural effects. Part 3 shifts gears to focus on the effects of
subjective reality on hedonic well-being, life satisfaction, and eudaimonia. In this context,
the book reviews research on personality effects, effects of affect and cognition, effects
of beliefs and values, effects of goals, self-concept effects, and social comparison effects.
 Part 4 focuses on quality-of-life research that is domain specific. That is, the book covers
the research on the psychology of life domains in general and delves in some depth
to describe research on work well-being, residential well-being, material well-being,
social well-being, health well-being, leisure well-being, and the well-being of other life
domains of lesser salience. Part 5 focuses on covering much of the psychology of quality-
of-life literature dealing with specific populations such as the elderly, women, children
and youth, and specific countries. Part 6 is essentially an epilogue. This part discusses a
variety of theories proposed by quality-of-life scholars designed to integrate much of the
literature on the psychology of quality of life. The last chapter covers the author’s own
integrative theory.