Life Goals and Well-being: Towards a Positive Psychology of Human Striving
Peter Schmuck, Kennon Marshall Sheldon
Hogrefe & Huber, 2001 - Self-Help - 230 pages
Everybody wants to be happy and so sets him-or herself particular life goals. But which life goals really make us happy? This question has been debated for centuries, but it is only in recent years that psychological research has started to approach it in a systematic fashion. The popularity of the current movement towards a "positive psychology" is a clear sign that interest in this and related areas is growing rapidly. In this book, for the first time, results are presented from researchers around the world on which goals actually help to lead to happiness, and thus to physical and mental wellbeing. The findings are surprising, not least because they are (at least in part) in contradiction to the goals typical of a western lifestyle.
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Goal Perceptions and WeilBeing
Future time perspective and subjective wellbeing in adolescent samples
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