A Closer Look at the Hedonics of Everyday Meaning and Satisfaction

@article{Tov2016ACL,
  title={A Closer Look at the Hedonics of Everyday Meaning and Satisfaction},
  author={William Tov and Huey Woon Lee},
  journal={Behavioral \& Experimental Economics eJournal},
  year={2016}
}
Contrasts between eudaimonic well-being and hedonic well-being often compare meaning and happiness. Less work has examined the extent to which meaning and satisfaction can be distinguished. Across 5 diary studies (N = 923) and a large cross-sectional survey (N = 1,471), we examined the affective profile of meaning and satisfaction in everyday life. Using response surface methodology, both judgments were modeled as a joint function of positive (PA) and negative (NA) affect. Affective discrepancy… 
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