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dc.contributor.advisorSheldon, Kennon M. (Kennon Marshall)eng
dc.contributor.authorFerguson, Yuna L., 1981-eng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on May 24, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Dr. Kennon M. Sheldon.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionPh. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.eng
dc.description.abstractAre intentions to become happier through interventions helpful or detrimental to the pursuit of happiness? Although Schooler, Ariely, and Lowenstein (2003) suggest that intentionally pursuing happiness is a self-defeating endeavor, the current research instead predictes that conscious intentions to become happier may be important to individuals' successful engagement with happiness strategies. Study 1 examines the short-term hedonic effects of listening to music. Results show that individuals who received the "happy" music (vs. "discordant" music) and instructions to try to feel happy reported higher positive mood. Study 2 examined individuals' engagement happiness strategies using a longitudinal design. In contrast to the finding in Study 1, in Study 2, having no intentions was more effective in raising happiness. Changes in happiness was mediated by increases in feelings of relatedness and autonomy. Future research directions to clarify the findings of the studies are discussed.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.format.extentvi, 55 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb77799355eng
dc.identifier.oclc652781825eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/8333
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/8333eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshHappinesseng
dc.subject.lcshAttitude (Psychology)eng
dc.subject.lcshMood (Psychology)eng
dc.subject.lcshIntentionality (Philosophy)eng
dc.titleThe role of intentions in the pursuit of happinesseng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychology (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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