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Monika Ardelt - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Monika Ardelt Monika Ardelt

Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Monika Ardelt developed the Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale to study the predictors, correlates and effects of personal wisdom.


Monika Ardelt is a sociology professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She also is the 2008 Colonel Allan R. and Margaret G. Crow Term Professor. Monika is a founding faculty member and member of the advisory committee of the University of Florida Center for Spirituality and Health. She developed the widely used Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale. She specializes in adult human development, aging and the life course, wisdom, purpose in life, religiosity/spirituality, aging and dying well and social pyschology.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Dying Well

Subjective Well-being

Psychological well-being


Successful Adult Human Development

Aging and the Life Course



Aging Well

Media Appearances (3)

Is wisdom the key to successful old age?

KCRW  radio


Despite increasing longevity, old age can present overwhelming challenges; the loss of mobility, cognitive decline, hearing and sight loss and increased dependence on others can result in pain and suffering as well as frustration and depression. Maintaining a positive attitude can be hard but research shows those who are able to exhibit the characteristics of wisdom, are better able to navigate the ravages of old age.

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Wise Up

Mount Sinai  online


Monika Ardelt, PhD, has spent her career studying an ideal that’s as universal as it is elusive: wisdom. And like many wisdom researchers, she’s concluded that we don’t necessarily become wiser as we age. Many people even become less wise. It’s a troubling thought, not only because wisdom is associated with resilience and life satisfaction, but also because if we’re not becoming wiser, what exactly are we becoming? Dr. Ardelt explains why wisdom matters and offers thoughts on how to cultivate it, including in moments of adversity.

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Wisdom Profiles: Monika Ardelt

Evidence-based Wisdom  online

Monika Ardelt is an Associate Professor of Sociology at The University of Florida. Her research interests include Adult Human Development and Ageing and Dying well. For the last 25 years or so, she has been at the cutting edge of Wisdom Research.

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Articles (3)

Linking Wise Organizations to Wise Leadership, Job Satisfaction, and Well-Being

Frontiers in Communication

Monika Ardelt and Bhavna Sharma


Research shows that wisdom benefits individuals, but is this also true for organizations? To answer this question, we first delineated the characteristics of wise and not-so-wise organizations in the areas of goals, approach, range, characteristics of leaders and employees, and perception of aging, using a framework derived from comparing wisdom with intellectual knowledge. Guided by this framework, we then tested whether wise organizations have a positive effect on employees’ physical and subjective well-being mediated by wise leadership and job satisfaction.

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Effects of wisdom and religiosity on subjective well-being in old age and young adulthood

International Psychogeriatrics

Monika Ardelt and Michel Ferrari


Prior research found that the positive association between wisdom and subjective well-being might at least partially be explained by a greater sense of mastery and purpose in life. This study tested whether religiosity provides an alternative pathway to well-being and whether the associations are moderated by age cohort and nation of residency.

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Can wisdom and psychosocial growth be learned in university courses?

Journal of Moral Education

Monika Ardelt


This study explored whether three-dimensional wisdom and psychosocial growth, defined as increases in psychological well-being (PWB), spirituality, and death acceptance, can be learned in university courses.

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Conversations on Wisdom: UnCut Interview with Monika Ardelt H Wisdom is a Choice Monika Ardelt


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  • English