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Positive mood and social relatedness as information about meaning in life.

Meaning in life is widely considered a cornerstone of human functioning but relatively little is known about the factors that influence judgments of meaning in life. Four studies examined positive affect (PA) and social relatedness as sources of information for meaning in life judgments....

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Positive expectancies and mental health: Identifying the unique contributions of hope and optimism.

Contemporary theories of hope and optimism provide two explanations for how positive expectancies can shape human behavior and promote well-being....

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Positive predictors of teacher effectiveness.

Some teachers are dramatically more effective than others but traditional indicators of competence (e.g. certification) explain minimal variance in performance. The rigors of teaching suggest that positive traits that buffer against adversity might contribute to teacher effectiveness....

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Purpose hope and life satisfaction in three age groups.

Using the Revised Youth Purpose Survey (Bundick et al. 2006) the Trait Hope Scale (Snyder et al....

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How virtuous is humor? What we can learn from current instruments.

Despite the diverse philosophical accounts of the relation of humor to virtue or vice this ethical dimension has not been included explicitly in psychological humor instruments....

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From wealth to well-being? Money matters but less than people think.

While numerous studies have documented the modest (though reliable) link between household income and well-being we examined the accuracy of laypeople's intuitions about this relationship by asking people from across the income spectrum to report their own happiness and to predict the happiness of others (Study 1) and themselv...

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The Reflected Best Self field experiment with adolescent leaders: exploring the psychological resources associated with feedback source and valence.

This study provides a preliminary examination of the efficacy of the Reflected Best Self Exercise. We conducted a field quasi-experiment with 108 adolescent leaders assigned to a 2 × 2 design: (1) valence of feedback (i.e. strengths-only versus strengths and improvement-oriented) and (2) source of feedback (i.e....

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Developing conceptions of moral maturity: traits and identity in adolescent personality.

Moral traits and identity were jointly considered toward a developmental understanding of adolescent maturity through volunteerism. In Study 1 (with 1550 urban high school students) moral traits were factor analyzed for developmental and cultural validity....

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Back to the future: the effect of daily practice of mental time travel into the future on happiness and anxiety.

The ability to project oneself into the future has previously been found to be related to happiness and anxiety. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the causal effect of deliberate mental time travel (MTT) on happiness and anxiety....

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Detecting and constructing meaning in life events.

Three studies examined the meaning ascribed to events varying in intensity and valence and how meaning detection and construction relate to the experience of meaning in life events....

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