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Orientations to happiness and the experience of everyday activities

Orientations to happiness and the experience of everyday activities The orientation to happiness framework proposes that individuals seek well-being through three behavioral orientations: Pleasure, meaning, and engagement. We investigated how orientations to happiness (OTH) influenced the pursuit and experience of daily activities using experience sampling methods. One hundred and seventy three people responded to three text messages per day for seven days asking how they felt about their current activity. Most participants did not report a dominant orientation to happiness, and the highest rated orientation receiving did not predict which daily activities participants engaged in most. However, trait orientation to happiness related to how activities were experienced. Individuals scoring highly on all three orientations rated their activities highly on momentary pleasure, meaning, engagement, and happiness. Overall, it appears more important for daily well-being to have a balanced and strong portfolio of the three OTH than to have any one particularly dominant orientation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Positive Psychology Taylor & Francis

Orientations to happiness and the experience of everyday activities

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2014 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1743-9779
eISSN
1743-9760
DOI
10.1080/17439760.2014.941382
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Abstract

The orientation to happiness framework proposes that individuals seek well-being through three behavioral orientations: Pleasure, meaning, and engagement. We investigated how orientations to happiness (OTH) influenced the pursuit and experience of daily activities using experience sampling methods. One hundred and seventy three people responded to three text messages per day for seven days asking how they felt about their current activity. Most participants did not report a dominant orientation to happiness, and the highest rated orientation receiving did not predict which daily activities participants engaged in most. However, trait orientation to happiness related to how activities were experienced. Individuals scoring highly on all three orientations rated their activities highly on momentary pleasure, meaning, engagement, and happiness. Overall, it appears more important for daily well-being to have a balanced and strong portfolio of the three OTH than to have any one particularly dominant orientation.

Journal

The Journal of Positive PsychologyTaylor & Francis

Published: May 4, 2015

Keywords: well-being; orientations to happiness; experience sampling

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