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Downsizing to Upgrade your Life - How the Use of Character Strengths in the Tiny House Lifestyle Increases the Subjective Well-Being

Hanckmann, H. (2019) Downsizing to Upgrade your Life - How the Use of Character Strengths in the Tiny House Lifestyle Increases the Subjective Well-Being.

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Abstract:The number of people following the tiny house lifestyle is increasing immensely. Tiny house builders lessen their belongings and focus only on the essentials. Existing research explains that tiny house builders experience increased well-being through their lifestyle. Yet, no viable strategy for tiny house builders to enhance their subjective well-being currently exists. Since a strength-based approach in life generally enhances well-being, the current study explores whether tiny house builders’ conscious identification and use of character strengths elevate their well-being. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight tiny house builders and residents. Also, the participants needed to write a letter from the future. Data are coded using the program Atlas.ti. The character strengths bravery, citizenship, kindness, appreciation of beauty and excellence as well as humility and modesty were beneficial to increase subjective well-being within the tiny house lifestyle. Tiny house builders and residents experienced subjective well-being by leading positive relationships with other people as well as experiencing personal growth and autonomy. Participants felt happy in leading their lifestyle because it enabled them to live sustainably. The findings indicate that tiny house builders and residents well-being is enhanced by the conscious and active use of character strengths within their lifestyle.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78117
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