By Caroline Smith and the Mind Tools Team
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Subjective Well-Being

Living Your Own Good Life

Man experiencing high subjective well-being

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Yuri

How do you define happiness?

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, and hell of heaven. – John Milton, English poet

We all want to be happy in our lives, and we all want to experience "well-being."

However, people often disagree about what well-being involves. Some say that you need to live an honest, positive life. Others believe that you achieve it by doing rewarding, challenging, or enjoyable work. Still others equate it with living according to your core values, while also focusing on your spiritual and emotional development.

The point is that well-being is subjective – we all have different ideas about what it means to live a fulfilling life. There is no one "correct" path to achieving a state of well-being. (Although there may be many incorrect paths!)

In this article, we'll examine the concept of "subjective well-being." We'll discuss what it means, why it's important, and how you can use the ideas behind it to experience well-being in your own life....

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