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Orientations to happiness and life satisfaction in twenty-seven nations


Park, N; Peterson, C; Ruch, Willibald (2009). Orientations to happiness and life satisfaction in twenty-seven nations. Journal of Positive Psychology, 4(4):273-279.

Abstract

Adults from 27 different nations (total N=24,836) completed on-line surveys in English measuring orientations to the seeking of happiness (through pleasure, through engagement, and through meaning) and life satisfaction. Nations differed in their orientations and clustered into three interpretable groups in terms of them. One cluster was defined by relatively high endorsement of seeking pleasure and seeking engagement; the second cluster by relatively high endorsement of seeking engagement and seeking meaning; and the third cluster by relatively low endorsement of all three ways of seeking happiness. Across all nations, each of the three orientations predicted life satisfaction, although orientations to engagement and to meaning were more robustly associated with life satisfaction than was an orientation to pleasure, replicating and extending previous findings. Limitations and implications of the research were discussed.

Abstract

Adults from 27 different nations (total N=24,836) completed on-line surveys in English measuring orientations to the seeking of happiness (through pleasure, through engagement, and through meaning) and life satisfaction. Nations differed in their orientations and clustered into three interpretable groups in terms of them. One cluster was defined by relatively high endorsement of seeking pleasure and seeking engagement; the second cluster by relatively high endorsement of seeking engagement and seeking meaning; and the third cluster by relatively low endorsement of all three ways of seeking happiness. Across all nations, each of the three orientations predicted life satisfaction, although orientations to engagement and to meaning were more robustly associated with life satisfaction than was an orientation to pleasure, replicating and extending previous findings. Limitations and implications of the research were discussed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:pleasure; engagement; meaning; life satisfaction; national comparisons
Language:English
Date:July 2009
Deposited On:14 Aug 2009 13:30
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 20:17
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1743-9760
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760902933690
Official URL:http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a912428072
Related URLs:http://www.forschungsportal.ch/unizh/p10735.htm (Organisation)

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