Measuring Eudaimonic Well-Being

  • Carmel ProctorEmail author
  • Roger Tweed
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


This chapter presents Aristotle’s conceptualization of eudaimonia and reviews measures that can be used to assess this type of eudaimonic well-being. The authors consider the question of the extent to which eudaimonia is measureable given the conceptual confusion and lack of normative clarification surrounding the use of the term. It is proposed that a defining factor in the measurement of eudaimonia, that makes it different from the assessment of other related constructs, is the inclusion of the assessment of virtue. The lack of virtue measurement in assessments of eudaimonic well-being given Aristotle’s definition is presented. The authors offer suggestions for researchers currently choosing measures of eudaimonia.


Happiness Wellbeing Eudaimonia Measurement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PPRCSt. Peter PortUK
  2. 2.Kwantlen Polytechnic UniversitySurreyCanada

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