Happiness as a motivator: positive affect predicts primary control striving for career and educational goals.

@article{Haase2012HappinessAA,
  title={Happiness as a motivator: positive affect predicts primary control striving for career and educational goals.},
  author={Claudia M Haase and Michael J. Poulin and Jutta Heckhausen},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2012},
  volume={38 8},
  pages={
          1093-104
        }
}
What motivates individuals to invest time and effort and overcome obstacles (i.e., strive for primary control) when pursuing important goals? We propose that positive affect predicts primary control striving for career and educational goals, and we explore the mediating role of control beliefs. In Study 1, positive affect predicted primary control striving for career goals in a two-wave longitudinal study of a U.S. sample. In Study 2, positive affect predicted primary control striving for… CONTINUE READING

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