Well-being refers to the state of being physically healthy, personally and socially well, and satisfied with one’s life, and it is often seen as the goal of the human experience. Well-being is a multidimensional construct, with objective and subjective indicators, and includes physical and social–emotional dimensions, which are interrelated. Well-being is related to a range of developmental outcomes across the life span, including morbidity and longevity. This entry describes indicators of and challenges to physical and social–emotional well-being across the lifespan.

Physical Well-Being

Physical well-being encompasses a range of healthy attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes that reduce disease and increase longevity. Healthy attitudes include positive health views, consciousness, intentions, and beliefs. Healthy behaviors include eating nutritiously, exercising, coping with stress and pain, getting sufficient sleep, and avoiding ...

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