What is a good life? For some time, the two main definitions of a good life were either a hedonic one or a eudaimonic one. A hedonic life is a pleasurable and happy life, while a eudaimonic life is one filled with purpose and actions contributing to the greater good. However, as Dr. Erin Westgate suggests, a good life doesn't have to be happy or meaningful; it can be "psychologically rich".
This article by Sarah Todd, featuring Dr. Erin Westgate from the University of Florida and Dr. Shige Oishi from the University of Virginia, explains what a psychologically rich life means and how it affects our perceptions of a good life. According to Dr. Westgate, by broadening our idea of a good life to include psychological richness, we're creating room for challenges and illustrating that even challenging or difficult lives can be good in ways.
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