Seven reasons to invest in well-being

Kathryn H. Howell, John K. Coffey, Gregory M. Fosco, Kristen Kracke, S. Katherine Nelson, Emily F. Rothman, John H. Grych

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Objective: This commentary reviews current conceptualizations of well-being, examines explanations for the lack of attention to well-being research, and provides justification for investing research time and funding into well-being studies. Opportunities for integrating factors related to well-being into prevention and intervention programs are also outlined. Key Points: Well-being may motivate people toward success, improve health and longevity, strengthen relationships, and boost the economy. Well-being can be enhanced in easy and inexpensive ways by incorporating facets of well-being into already-existing individual and systems-level intervention or prevention programs. Implications: Future research into this important construct should focus on objective means to assess and predict well-being, as well as strategies to enhance well-being across the life span. Investing more research time and financial resources into the study and promotion of well-being has the potential to lead to profound and enduring benefits to individuals, communities, and the larger society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-14
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology of Violence
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Howell, K. H., Coffey, J. K., Fosco, G. M., Kracke, K., Katherine Nelson, S., Rothman, E. F., & Grych, J. H. (2016). Seven reasons to invest in well-being. Psychology of Violence, 6(1), 8-14. https://doi.org/10.1037/vio0000019
Howell, Kathryn H. ; Coffey, John K. ; Fosco, Gregory M. ; Kracke, Kristen ; Katherine Nelson, S. ; Rothman, Emily F. ; Grych, John H. / Seven reasons to invest in well-being. In: Psychology of Violence. 2016 ; Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 8-14.
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Howell, KH, Coffey, JK, Fosco, GM, Kracke, K, Katherine Nelson, S, Rothman, EF & Grych, JH 2016, 'Seven reasons to invest in well-being', Psychology of Violence, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 8-14. https://doi.org/10.1037/vio0000019

Seven reasons to invest in well-being. / Howell, Kathryn H.; Coffey, John K.; Fosco, Gregory M.; Kracke, Kristen; Katherine Nelson, S.; Rothman, Emily F.; Grych, John H.

In: Psychology of Violence, Vol. 6, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 8-14.

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Howell KH, Coffey JK, Fosco GM, Kracke K, Katherine Nelson S, Rothman EF et al. Seven reasons to invest in well-being. Psychology of Violence. 2016 Jan 1;6(1):8-14. https://doi.org/10.1037/vio0000019