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Thriving

The term thriving connotes growth, development, and prosperity, although scholars differ in opinion regarding the specification of what this growth and prosperity looks like and the contexts in which it occurs. Brooke Feeney and Nancy Collins have conceptualized thriving in terms of five broad components of well-being and their respective indicators: (a) hedonic well-being (happiness and life satisfaction—the perceived quality of one’s life); (b) eudaimonic well-being (having purpose and meaning in life, having and pursuing passions and meaningful goals, personal growth, self-discovery, autonomy/self-determination, mastery/efficacy, development of skills/talents, accumulation of life wisdom, and movement toward one’s full potential); (c) psychological well-being (positive self-regard, self-acceptance, resilience/hardiness, a positive belief system, and the absence of mental health symptoms or disorders); (d) social well-being (deep and meaningful human connections, ...

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