Developing a Eudaimonia Research Agenda in Travel and Tourism

  • M. Joseph SirgyEmail author
  • Muzaffer Uysal
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


We argue in this chapter that the concept of eudaimonia embodies the elements of psychological happiness (hedonic well-being or emotional well-being), prudential happiness (life satisfaction), and perfectionist happiness (mental health, self-actualization, psychological well-being and flourishing). We review selected theories of eudaimonia and suggest ideas for future research. These theories are self-determination theory, the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, the theory of human flourishing, meaning and purpose in life theory, theory of positive mental health, need hierarchy theory, and eudaimonstic identity theory.


Eudaimonia Subjective well-being Quality of life Life satisfaction Self-determination Broaden-and-build Human flourishing Meaning and purpose in life Positive mental health Need hierarchy Eudaimonstic identity Travel and tourism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pamplin College of BusinessVirginia Polytechnic Institute & State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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