Magazine article Management Today

MT Learning Curve: General Well-Being

Magazine article Management Today

MT Learning Curve: General Well-Being

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What is it? You know that warm, sunny feeling you get when all your problems seem to slip into the background and life is good? Sure, it's been a while (without recourse to intoxicating stimulants, anyway). But a sense of 'general well-being' is now a serious policy goal for some people at the heart of government, and others in business. David Cameron himself has declared: 'It's time we admitted there's more to life than money and it's time we focused not just on GDP but on GWB - general well-being.' Easy to say if you're married to an heiress, perhaps.

Where did it come from? Go back to Aristotle and you will find him discussing the concept of eudaimonia - usually translated as 'flourishing'. This referred not so much to material success as spiritual contentment, being a good citizen, and living well. Today, Martin Seligman, the US academic, has popularised the idea of 'positive psychology', which in turn has encouraged the study of so-called 'happiness economics' by figures such as Andrew Oswald and (Lord) Richard Layard. …

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