Emotional well-being is a term that has been used increasingly in recent decades. The implications of decreased emotional well-being are related to mental health concerns such as stress, depression, and anxiety. These in turn can contribute to physical ill-health such as digestive disorders, sleep disturbances, and general lack of energy.[1] On the positive side, enhanced emotional well-being is seen to contribute to upward spirals in increasing coping ability,[2] self-esteem, performance and productivity at work, and even longevity.[3] Emotional well-being is also one of two aspects of personal well-being that can be measured in quantitative quality of life assessments, the other being 'life evaluation', the evaluation of one's life in general against a scale.[4] It is a term receiving attention from many groups from new-age therapists to management consultants, from outdoor recreation enthusiasts to carers for the elderly. It is also of interest to many parents, youth workers, school teachers, anti-bullying campaigners and those thinking about retirement, as well as to psychologists and other health professionals.

The Surgeon General of the United States has made emotional well-being one of his priorities [5] and spoke about it's importance at the Aspen Ideas Festival 2016[6].


  1. ^ "Emotional Well Being & Mental Health". Harvard Health Publications: Harvard medical School. Harvard University. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Fredrickson, Barbara L; Thomas Joiner (March 2002). "Positive Emotions Trigger Upward Spirals Toward Emotional Well-Being". Psychological Science. 13 (2). doi:10.1111/1467-9280.00431. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tis more blessed to give than to receive? Groundbreaking new outcomes research altruistic emotions and helping behavior". EMPOWERING CAREGIVERS. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Kahneman, Daniel; Angus Deaton (September 2010). "High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being". PNAS. 107 (38). doi:10.1073/pnas.1011492107. PMC 2944762 . PMID 20823223. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Surgeon General's Priorities". 
  6. ^ "Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on the importance of emotional well-being". 

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