People are naturally inclined to think and act on behalf of their own well-being. An important component of this experience is life satisfaction, which comprises the cognitive evaluations that individuals make about their life overall. This entry reviews research that has identified a number of factors that seem to predict and are associated with life satisfaction, as well as ways that satisfaction with life might influence life outcomes. This entry also examines the manner in which life satisfaction changes across the life course.

Examining the Correlates and Consequences of Life Satisfaction

Research on life satisfaction, which spans many disciplines, is concerned with the way people subjectively experience and evaluate their lives. These evaluations are commonly known as happiness, though researchers often use the term subjective well-being. It ...

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