You might not know the word eudaimonia (you – duh – moan – ee - ah). But you almost certainly are in pursuit of it. At least I am.
It comes from Greek and essentially means living life well. Fulfillment on a deep level, more than happiness or pleasure.
Sidebar – Assuming we all want a life well-lived, why isn’t this word in our everyday vocabulary outside of philosophy (its origins) or positive psychology (where I see it most often used today)?
As I’m making more time for deep reading these days (part of eudaimonia for me), I’ve picked up a thread I always intended to come back to.
Today that has me parsing this research article that proposes and validates an instrument for measuring Eudaimonic Well-Being (EWB).
For context, EWB is one type of measurable/defined well-being in the psychology world. Two other types include Subjective Well-Being and Psychological Well-Being.
Subjective Well-Being (SWB) focuses on positive and negative emotions over time as well as one’s overall life satisfaction. Psychological Well-Being (PWB) is a more objective approach to understanding well-being and looks at factors like autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relationships with others, purpose in life, and self-acceptance.
EWB has six dimensions:
Researchers have created a 21-question instrument for measuring EWB. Short, simple statements are rated on a scale of 0 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree). Scoring is easy (a few reverse codings but otherwise straightforward) and ranges from 0 to 84.
I whipped up a free pdf that guides you through the scoring and some reflection questions.
Taking it just now, I scored 66. But I don’t think that is all that interesting in and of itself unless I were to track it over time.
What interests me personally, are the statements where I emphatically knew it was a 0 or 4 versus the ones that I pondered and graded 1 through 3. That is worth some additional personal reflection on my part.