Having positive relationships is a core aspect of eudaimonia, or psychological well-being (for example, Ryff, 2018). This exhibit explores ways different types of relationships influence well-being. We have compiled information from three interviews and created a relationship-themed playlist. We found in the interviews examples of positive relationships' improving the well-being of those involved. We also noticed that negative relationships, while tending to hurt well-being, can offer an avenue for postitive personal growth.
The exhibit echoes the emerging understanding of the role relationships play in our lives and well-being. Relationships offer opportunities to feel validated and to have a sense of belonging, as well as to support and to be supported, all of which contribute to health and well-being (for example, see Inagaki, 2018).
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
~Raymond Carver (1996)
Carver, R. (1996) Late Fragment. In All of Us. New York: Vintage Books.
Inagaki, T.K. (2018) Neural mechanisms of the link between giving social support and health. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1428: 33-50. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.13703
Ryff, C.D. (2018) Well-being with soul: Science in pursuit of human potential. Perspectives on Psychological Science 13: 242-248. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691617699836
Renée Geyer, Olive Hwang, Cameron MacIntyre, Emma Stillman, Sophie Collier, Sara De Roy