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The Benefits of Frequent Positive Affect: Does Happiness Lead to Success?
The results reveal that happiness is associated with and precedes numerous successful outcomes, as well as behaviors paralleling success, and the evidence suggests that positive affect may be the cause of many of the desirable characteristics, resources, and successes correlated with happiness.
The Health Benefits of Writing about Life Goals
In a variation on Pennebaker’s writing paradigm, a sample of 81 undergraduates wrote about one of four topics for 20 minutes each day for 4 consecutive days. Participants were randomly assigned to
Conflict over emotional expression: psychological and physical correlates.
Results support the contention that conflict over emotional expressiveness is a variable worthy of study in its own right, having implications for research on personality and health.
Conflict among personal strivings: immediate and long-term implications for psychological and physical well-being.
It was demonstrated that conflict and ambivalence ratings were stable and that these ratings predicted psychosomatic complaints over time, and that subjects were less likely to act on conflictful and ambivalent strivings but to spend more time thinking about these Strivings.
Reconsidering happiness: the costs of distinguishing between hedonics and eudaimonia
In recent years, well-being researchers have distinguished between eudaimonic happiness (e.g., meaning and purpose; taking part in activities that allow for the actualization of one's skills,
Positive affect and the experience of meaning in life.
Results indicate that positive moods may predispose individuals to feel that life is meaningful and increase sensitivity to the meaning-relevance of a situation.
Creativity and the Five-Factor Model
Abstract This study examined the relations among the five-factor model of personality, creative ability, and creative accomplishments. Seventy-five subjects completed measures of verbal creative
The Hard Road to the Good Life: The Happy, Mature Person
  • L. King
  • Psychology, Education
  • 1 January 2001
The purpose of this article is to examine how two aspects of the good life, happiness and maturity, are reflected in the stories that people tell about their lives. This article highlights the ways
Stories of Life Transition: Subjective Well-Being and Ego Development in Parents of Children with Down Syndrome ☆
Abstract Eighty-seven parents of children with Down Syndrome (DS; 63 women, 24 men) wrote narratives about finding out that their child had DS and completed questionnaire measures of subjective