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Lucas A. Keefer and Faith L. Brown

attachment to God, particularly in light of the wealth of evidence that interpersonal attachments are a foundation for personal well-being (Mikulincer & Shaver, 2007) and preliminary evidence that attachment to God offers similar benefits (Sim & Loh, 2003; Kent, Bradshaw, & Uecker, 2018). After all, if one

Jason R. Raibley

from a biological point of view. This chapter also argues against subjective, hybrid, and Stoic theories of well-being, and in favor of a view on which virtue is necessary but not sufficient for well-being. It develops traditional accounts of the cardinal virtues of courage, temperance, justice, and

Matthew D. Adler

minimum. Let me suggest the following characterization of that aim. A welfarist conception of the basic minimum identifies some threshold level, relative to which individuals’ lives can be compared, such that (1) those below the threshold are worse off (have less well-being) than those at or above the

Trevor Moodley, Karel G. F. Esterhuyse and Roelf B. I. Beukes

,3% reported that God was very important in their lives. 2 Other reasons for researching spirituality/religion (and related aspects) amongst South African adolescents, are the findings of many studies world-wide that spirituality/religion could have a mediating influence on adolescents’ well-being and

Azmat Gani and Alia Al-Fori

1 Introduction Economic development has brought about significant changes to various aspects of human well-being across several countries around the world. For example, Anand and Sen (2000) note that “people today in several countries including Europe, North America and other continents have lives

Pieter F. Craffert

placebos and what are they good for? Daniel Moerman and Wayne Jonas 6 maintain that a proper understanding of the placebo phenomenon will lead to a greater insight into the healing process and a real improvement in human well-being. In fact, as the psychiatrist Dan Stein proposes, a better understanding

Craig Martin

the neoliberal discourse on “well-being,” particularly in relationship to a contemporary Sufi text. 2. What Distinguishes Modernity? In The Division of Labor in Society , 3 Emile Durkheim used what I take to be too simple a distinction between mechanical and organic solidarity, according to

Markets of Well-being

Navigating Health and Healing in Africa


Edited by Marleen Dekker and Rijk van Dijk

Health and healing are distinctive domains as far as the pursuit of people’s well-being is concerned. In Africa, both fields have increasingly become subject to monetization and commodification, in short, the market. Based on extensive fieldwork in nine African countries by scholars with diverse academic backgrounds, this volume offers different perspectives on the emerging markets and the way medical staff, patients, households and institutions navigate them in their quest for well-being. By presenting a detailed economic ethnography of this multifacetted process of navigating the market, the book sets a new agenda for research as a result of the current predicaments facing health and healing in African societies.

Kondratowicz - Nowak Blanka and Anna Maria Zawadzka

The results of numerous studies proved that believing in free will supports many socially acceptable actions. Moreover, there are data that indicate positive correlation between selected job aspects and believing in the possession of free will. A study was carried out to test whether believing in the possession of free will has any impact on the perception of job characteristics. The research investigated whether the presence of selected job characteristics is affected by believing in free will. In the study 300 participants aged between 18 to 40 years old were examined (140 men and 160 women). All of them had a career. In the research, an original questionnaire was used which measured key job characteristics; free will was measured with the use of the Polish adaptation of FAD-4; well-being was explored on multiple levels by using the battery of tests: Cantril Ladder, SUPIN scale and selected positions from Social Diagnose. The outcome of the investigation suggested that believing in free will is positively associated with key job characteristics. It was also observed that people who believe in free will have higher score on the well-being scale. Respondents who held a belief in free will experienced more positive emotions in the last month than subjects who not believe in free will. Moreover, believing in free will supports assessing current life as the best one can have. Respondents who believed in free will were also more likely than others to expect the best of life five years ahead. Believing in free will has significant impact on perceiving job characteristic and well-being.

Brian Heap and Flavio Comim

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156973209X387307 International Journal of Public Th eology 3 (2009) 42–62 Climate Change and Well-Being Brian Heap and Flavio Comim Von Hügel Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, UK Abstract Human well-being in