An article has recently been published by the journal Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly:
Neera Badhwar, “Objectivity and Subjectivity in Theories of Well-Being” (PaPPQ, vol. 32/1, 2014, pp. 23 – 28).
First lines: In the philosophical literature as well as in discussions of public policy, happiness is sometimes identified with well-being. More often, however, happiness is seen as a long-term psychological state of fulfillment, and well-being (also sometimes called “flourishing” or “eudaimonia”) as the summum bonum that includes both happiness and the sense that one’s happiness is worth having, or that one’s life is worth living. As our highest personal or prudential good, our well-being gives each of us reason to cultivate certain traits and act in certain ways and not others.