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The electronic version of Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics is available at: www.ceeol.com

Art and Well-Being

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/478/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.