The term 'art-of-living' refers to capabilities for leading a good life. Since there are different views on what a good life is, there could also be a difference in the capabilities called for. In this paper I distinguish two main views on the good life: the 'virtuous' life and the 'enjoyable' life and describe variants of each. I explore what competencies are required for living such lives and conclude that these differ indeed. So there are different arts of living. The set of capabilities required for leading a happy life can be identified by means of empirical research. This capability-profile comes close to the notion of ‘positive mental health’.
|Keywords||art of living, happiness, quality of life|
Veenhoven, R.. (2006). Arts-of-living. Journal of Happiness Studies: an interdisciplinary forum on subjective well-being. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/7219