3. The Good Life, Broadly and Narrowly Considered

  1. P. Alex Linley and
  2. Stephen Joseph
  1. Laura A. King,
  2. Jennifer Emilia Eells and
  3. Chad M. Burton

Published Online: 27 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470939338.ch3

Positive Psychology in Practice

Positive Psychology in Practice

How to Cite

King, L. A., Eells, J. E. and Burton, C. M. (2004) The Good Life, Broadly and Narrowly Considered, in Positive Psychology in Practice (eds P. A. Linley and S. Joseph), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470939338.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 JUL 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471459064

Online ISBN: 9780470939338



  • good life;
  • happiness;
  • eudaimonia;
  • optimal functioning;
  • folk concepts


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Implicit Definitions of the Good Life: The Problem of Happiness

  • Optimal Functioning: Eudaimonia Revisited

  • Folk Concepts of the Good Life

  • The Role of Suffering: When Bad Things Happen to Good Lives

  • In Conclusion: A Multitude of Best Lives?

  • Appendix A: Sample Survey for Good Life Studies