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date: 19 August 2019

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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

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