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A Measure of Subjective Happiness: Preliminary Reliability and Construct Validation
Using a ''subjectivist'' approach to the assessment of happiness, a new 4-item measure of global subjective happiness was developed and validated in 14 studies with a total of 2 732 participants.
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.
Rethinking Rumination
Evidence now suggests that rumination is associated with psychopathologies in addition to depression, including anxiety, binge eating, binge drinking, and self-harm.
Maximizing versus satisficing: happiness is a matter of choice.
The present studies suggest that some people--maximizers--can feel worse off as the options they face increase, and the interaction between maximizing and choice is discussed in terms of regret, adaptation, and self-blame.
Enhancing well-being and alleviating depressive symptoms with positive psychology interventions: a practice-friendly meta-analysis.
Clinicians should be encouraged to incorporate positive psychology techniques into their clinical work, particularly for treating clients who are depressed, relatively older, or highly motivated to improve.
Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change
The pursuit of happiness is an important goal for many people. However, surprisingly little scientific research has focused on the question of how happiness can be increased and then sustained,
How to increase and sustain positive emotion: The effects of expressing gratitude and visualizing best possible selves
A 4-week experimental study (N = 67) examined the motivational predictors and positive emotion outcomes of regularly practicing two mental exercises: counting one's blessings (“gratitude”) and
How Do Simple Positive Activities Increase Well-Being?
Theory and research suggest that people can increase their happiness through simple intentional positive activities, such as expressing gratitude or practicing kindness. Investigators have recently
Effects of self-focused rumination on negative thinking and interpersonal problem solving.
Hypotheses about the effects of self-focused rumination on interpretations of events and interpersonal problem solving were tested in 3 studies with dysphoric and nondysphoric participants and it was shown that dysphoric participants who ruminated were more pessimistic about positive events in their future than the other 3 groups.