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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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Who benefits the most from a gratitude intervention in children and adolescents? Examining positive affect as a moderator.

To date nearly half of the work supporting the efficacy of gratitude interventions did so by making contrasts with techniques that induce negative affect (e.g. record your daily hassles). Gratitude interventions have shown limited benefits if any over control conditions....

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What makes a good life? A cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspective.

The question of "what makes a good life" is loaded with cultural assumptions. It sounds simple and natural in English but is not translatable into most other languages. This paper argues that to connect this question with universal human concerns we need to examine the question itself and it offers a methodology for doing so....

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Orientations to happiness and life satisfaction in twenty-seven nations.

Adults from 27 different nations (total N = 24836) completed on-line surveys in English measuring orientations to the seeking of happiness (through pleasure through engagement and through meaning) and life satisfaction. Nations differed in their orientations and clustered into three interpretable groups in terms of them....

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Globalization ideologies and well-being: a study of a West African and a North European society.

Ideologies shape people's belief systems about what constitutes a good life and well-being and how to navigate between considerations of own well-being versus the well-being of others. The present study investigates ideologies in West African Ghana and North European Norway....

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On being yourself in different cultures: ideal and actual self-concept autonomy support and well-being in China Russia and the United States.

The present study used multilevel modeling and measures of the Big Five to test Rogers? prediction that discrepancies between ideal and actual self-concept would be negatively associated with well-being and to test the prediction drawn from self-determination theory that partners?...

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Feeling good and functioning well: distinctive concepts in ancient philosophy and contemporary science.

This paper is an invited response to Kashdan Biswas-Diener & King (2008) and to Waterman's (2008) commentary. Kashdan et al. assert that the distinction between hedonic and eudaimonic well-being is unwarranted philosophically and scientifically....

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The contribution of diversity to happiness research.

The significant contributions of Kashdan and Colleagues and Waterman are acknowledged and some suggestions are brought forward. In particular qualitative studies and a cross-cultural perspective taking into account non-Western traditions are needed to disentangle happiness and related constructs....

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Two traditions of happiness research not two distinct types of happiness.

In an earlier paper (Kashdan Biswas-Diener & King 2008) we outlined a critique of the distinction being made between eudaimonic and hedonic forms of happiness. That paper seems to have had the desired effect in stimulating discourse on this important subject as evidenced by a number of responses from our colleagues....

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