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Life as a Flourisher: An Experience Sampling Study Exploring the Association between Momentary Affect and Hedonic and Eudaimonic Behavior in Daily Life

Schreiber, Carina (2021) Life as a Flourisher: An Experience Sampling Study Exploring the Association between Momentary Affect and Hedonic and Eudaimonic Behavior in Daily Life.

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Abstract:To understand our behaviors' role in the path to mental well-being, the present Experience Sampling Method study investigated actual hedonic and eudaimonic behaviors, positive and negative momentary affect, and their association in flourishers’ and non-flourishers’ daily lives. Via an application on their smartphones, 25 flourishers and 27 non- flourishers reported on their behaviors and momentary affect levels for 12 consecutive days, three times each day. Linear Mixed Models revealed that while flourishers experienced considerably higher positive and lower negative momentary affect over the course of the study, they were not found to engage notably more or less frequently in any activity type than non-flourishers. Whereas behaviors that were simultaneously hedonic and eudaimonic yielded the greatest benefits for momentary affect, behaviors that were neither hedonic nor eudaimonic were associated with the poorest mood in both flourishers and non-flourishers. However, compared to non-flourishers, flourishers had notably lower negative affect levels after engaging in behaviors that were neither hedonic nor eudaimonic. These findings emphasize the importance of finding a balance between hedonic and eudaimonic behaviors for their proposed individual benefits and underline that the question of whether best to pursue hedonia or eudaimonia needs to be extended.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87667
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