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.
How to Cite:
Melchionne, Kevin. “Art and Well-being”. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics 54, no. 2 (2017): 189–211. DOI: http://doi.org/10.33134/eeja.163