This study examined the effects of processing ease on judgments of meaning in life (MIL) employing a common manipulation of fluency font styles. One hundred and three adults completed a questionnaire assessing MIL with items printed in one of four fonts that differed in readability. We predicted that those who rated MIL items printed in easy-to-read fonts would report higher MIL than those who rated items presented in difficult-to-read fonts. Participants also completed a measure of the proposed mechanism for these effects positive affect (PA). Results showed that as predicted easy reading led to higher MIL than difficult reading and these effects were explained by PA. Results not only extend the influence of processing fluency to such profound judgments as life’s meaningfulness but also lend further support to the very strong role of PA in judgments of MIL.
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