The Science And Physiological Benefits Behind Purposefully Choosing Positive Thoughts

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Journal Title: Journal of Science & Technology
Author(s): Rubina Zahoor
Published On: 12/11/2021
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
First Page: 37
Last Page: 52
ISSN: 2582-6921
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher


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Rubina Zahoor, The Science And Physiological Benefits Behind Purposefully Choosing Positive Thoughts, Volume 2, Journal of Science & Technology, 37-52, Published on 12/11/2021, Available at


In an effort to strengthen conceptual foundations of eudaimonic well-being, key messages from Aristotle’s Nichomacean Ethics are revisited. Also examined are ideas about positive human functioning from existential and utilitarian philosophy as well as clinical, developmental, and humanistic psychology. How these perspectives were integrated to create a multidimensional model of psychological well-being [Ryff, C.D.: 1989a, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 57(6), pp. 1069–1081] is described, and empirical evidence supporting the factorial validity of the model is briefly noted. Life course and socioeconomic correlates of well-being are examined to underscore the point that opportunities for eudaimonic well-being are not equally distributed. Biological correlates (cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, immune) of psychological well-being are also briefly noted as they suggest possible health benefits associated with living a life rich in purpose and meaning, continued growth, and quality ties to others. We conclude with future challenges in carrying the eudaimonic vision forward.

Keywords: Positive Thinking, Physiology, Healing, Purposeful Choice, Intentional Thinking, Science Behind Thinking and Choosing

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