Life satisfaction set point: stability and change.

  title={Life satisfaction set point: stability and change.},
  author={F. Fujita and E. Diener},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={88 1},
  • F. Fujita, E. Diener
  • Published 2005
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
Using data from 17 years of a large and nationally representative panel study from Germany, the authors examined whether there is a set point for life satisfaction (LS)--stability across time, even though it can be perturbed for short periods by life events. The authors found that 24% of respondents changed significantly in LS from the first 5 years to the last 5 years and that stability declined as the period between measurements increased. Average LS in the first 5 years correlated .51 with… Expand

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