Research Article

Art and Well-Being



Art is commonly thought to promote well-being. Aestheticians, however, have not considered how art plays this role. Over the past quarter century, there has been considerable research in positive psychology, the empirical study of subjective well-being (SWB). This research has resulted in robust findings on the factors promoting well-being. In this paper, I consider the findings for SWB in contemporary psychology in order to identify how art supports well-being. I also explore the implications of SWB theory for aesthetic theory and arts policy.
  • Year: 2017
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 2
  • Page/Article: 189-211
  • DOI: 10.33134/eeja.163
  • Published on 1 Sep 2017
  • Peer Reviewed