A reason to eat healthy: The role of meaning in life in maintaining homeostasis in modern society

Bettina F. Piko, Laszlo Brassai

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Abstract

Health is a state of homeostasis of four principle kinds, namely, biochemical, physiological, psychological, and social. In this article, we complete this theory with a fifth element, namely, spiritual balance. Existential attitudes have been found to be closely related to identity formation, moral development, value-related attitudes, personal goals, and lifestyle choices. Meaning in life and searching for meaning serve better health since they may encourage people to engage in health-promoting behaviors and avoid health-risking behaviors, such as obesity and eating disorders. The meaningmaking model proposes that people’s perceptions may contribute to content/discontent with life, body, and the world.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Health orientation
  • Health-promoting behavior
  • Homeostasis
  • Meaning in life
  • Nutrition behavior
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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