Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 August 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter draws on Aristotelian thinking to differentiate between hedonic and eudaimonic understandings of well-being. A sense of purpose and meaning are fundamental to the more profound experience of eudaimonic well-being, which is associated with authenticity and living in accordance with one’s “true self.” A framework for well-being and meaningfulness is proposed which highlights the interactive effects between the two. Fundamental to both is a sense of self, the work performed by individuals, and the workplace itself. Framing eudaimonic well-being as a fundamental, overarching aim of living, the chapter argues that our work is a significant and influential factor in how we live, and the search for meaningful work is an inherent part of our pursuit of the life well lived.

Keywords: meaningful work, eudaimonic well-being, purpose-driven life, authentic self, identity, agency, development, workplace

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.