Persistent pursuit of need-satisfying goals leads to increased happiness : A 6-month experimental longitudinal study

@inproceedings{Sheldon2009PersistentPO,
  title={Persistent pursuit of need-satisfying goals leads to increased happiness : A 6-month experimental longitudinal study},
  author={Kennon M Sheldon and Neetu Abad and Yuna Ferguson and Alexander Gunz and Linda Houser-Marko and C P Nichols and Sonja Lyubomirsky},
  year={2009}
}
University-based community members (N = 181) participated in a four-wave, 6-month longitudinal experiment designed to increase treatment participants’ happiness levels. Participants were randomly assigned to set goals either to improve their life circumstances (comparison condition) or to increase their feelings of autonomy, competence, or relatedness in life (treatment conditions). We hypothesized that sustained gains in happiness would be observed only in the three treatment conditions, and… CONTINUE READING

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