The Routledge Handbook of Well-Being explores diverse conceptualisations of well-being, providing an overview of key issues and drawing attention to current debates and critiques. Taken as a whole, this important work offers new clarification of the widely used notion of well-being, focusing particularly on experiential perspectives.

Bringing together leading authors from around the world, Routledge Handbook of Well-Being reflects on:

  • What it is that is experienced by humans that can be called well-being.
  • What we know about how to understand it.
  • How well-being is manifested in human endeavours through a wide range of disciplines, including the arts.

This comprehensive reference work will provide an authoritative overview for students, practitioners, researchers and policy makers working in or concerned with well-being, health, illness and the relation between all three across a range of disciplines, from sociology, healthcare and economics to philosophy and the creative arts.

chapter |13 pages


ByKathleen T. Galvin

part 1|86 pages

The human experience of well-being

chapter 1|6 pages

Residence, identity and well-being

ByPaul Gilbert

chapter 2|11 pages

A sense of well-being

The anthropology of a first-person phenomenology
ByNigel Rapport

chapter 3|17 pages

Cities, well-being, world – a Heideggerian analysis

ByRobert Mugerauer

chapter 4|7 pages

Dwelling in the world with others as mortal beings

“Well-being” in post-disaster Japanese society
ByHirobumi Takenouchi

chapter 5|10 pages

Well-being and being-well

A Merleau-Pontian perspective on psychosomatic health
ByJennifer Bullington

chapter 6|8 pages

Feminist perspectives on well-being

ByCharlotte Knowles

chapter 7|8 pages

Philosophical taxonomies of well-being

BySamuel Clark

chapter 8|7 pages


An existential theory of well-being
ByLes Todres, Kathleen T. Galvin

chapter 9|10 pages

Capabilities, well-being and universalism

ByGideon Calder

part 2|140 pages

How are understandings of well-being developing? Disciplinary and professional perspectives

chapter 10|9 pages

Well-being and phenomenology

Lifeworld, natural attitude, homeworld and place
ByDavid Seamon

chapter 11|12 pages

Heritage and well-being

Therapeutic places, past and present
ByTimothy Darvill, Vanessa Heaslip, Kerry Barrass

chapter 12|9 pages

Disability and ambiguities

Technological support in a disaster context
ByMinae Inahara

chapter 13|8 pages

The existential situation of the patient

Well-being and absence
ByStephen Burwood

chapter 14|13 pages

Ecological health and caring 1

ByHelena Dahlberg, Albertine Ranheim

chapter 15|9 pages

A Jungian contribution to the notion of well-being

ByChris Milton

chapter 16|10 pages

A new stance on quality of life

ByLennart Nordenfelt

chapter 17|9 pages

“What can’t be cured must be endured”

Living with Parkinson’s disease
ByVirginia Eatough

chapter 18|12 pages

The distribution, determinants and root causes of inequalities in well-being

ByEleonora P. Uphoff, Kate E. Pickett

chapter 19|7 pages

Agencies of well-being

ByStephen Wallace

chapter 20|13 pages

Embodied routes to well-being

Horses and young people
ByAnn Hemingway

chapter 21|8 pages

Well-being and quality of life in a maternal health context

ByJulie Jomeen, Colin R. Martin

chapter 22|8 pages

Well-being and self-interest

Personal identity, Parfit, and conflicting attitudes to time in liberal theory and social policy
BySteven R. Smith

chapter 23|11 pages

Values-based practice

At home with our values
ByK.W.M. (Bill) Fulford, Kathleen T. Galvin

part 3|98 pages

How is well-being manifest in human life? The aesthetic nature of well-being

chapter 24|7 pages

Creativity and aesthetic thinking

Toward an aesthetics of well-being
ByDorthe Jørgensen

chapter 25|19 pages

Collaborative drawings

Blue-prints of conversation dynamics
ByDeborah Padfield

chapter 26|10 pages

Embodied connectivity through the visual and tactual arts

ByCatherine Lamont-Robinson

chapter 27|13 pages

Poetry and/as wellness

ByMonica Prendergast, Carl Leggo

chapter 28|25 pages

Thirteen ways of looking at a clinic

ByJennifer Schulz

chapter 29|7 pages

Eudaimonic well-being and education

ByDenis Francesconi

chapter 30|15 pages

Eighteen kinds of well-being although there may be many more

A conceptual framework illustrated with practical direction for caring
ByKathleen T. Galvin, Les Todres