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date: 29 March 2017

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This chapter focuses on the potential for eudaimonic happiness following tragic life events, a concept known as post-traumatic growth (PTG). Issues surrounding operationally defining growth, as well as predicting growth, are addressed and followed by a brief overview of the current models used to explain this phenomenon. This chapter suggests future directions for the area of PTG in terms of methodologies used, population studied, and interventions facilitating the growth phenomenon. Overall, this chapter highlights that over the life course, negative experiences may happen that can actually enhance our perceptions of eudaimonic happiness and well-being.

Keywords: post-traumatic growth, eudaimonic happiness, psychological well-being, health

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