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Gratitude for small and large favors: a behavioral test

The effect of large and small favors on gratitude was tested using a behavioral measure. Participants were 149 undergraduates (120 female 29 male). Half received raffle tickets for a US$100 prize and half received tickets for a US$10 prize....

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Professional and peer life coaching and the enhancement of goal striving and well-being: an exploratory study

Few studies have investigated the impact of life coaching on self-regulated behavior and well-being. A limitation of past studies has been their reliance on peer rather than professional coaches. The present randomized controlled study compared peer with professional life coaching over a 10-week period with 63 participants....

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Implicit theories of courage.

What is courage? This question garners significant interest and attention but little empirical research. An operational definition of courage is essential to good research yet no consensus definition has fully emerged....

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Human strengths courageous actions and general and personal courage.

College students (N = 298 54% female) described a time when they acted courageously then rated their courageous action on each of 24 Values in Action (VIA) strengths (Peterson & Seligman 2004) and on general and personal courage (Pury Kowalski & Spearman 2007)....

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Toward a Courageous mindset: the subjective act and experience of courage.

This paper presents a new model outlining the subjective experience of courage....

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Happiness is a warm abstract thought: self-construal abstractness and subjective well-being.

Research investigating the relationship between self-construals and subjective well-being has traditionally focused on understanding how dimensions such as positivity-negativity and internality-externality relate to well-being....

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Happiness and despair on the catwalk: need satisfaction well-being and personality adjustment among fashion models.

According to self-determination theory well-being and healthy personality development depend on the fulfillment of three basic psychological needs: autonomy relatedness and competence. However various contextual features can interfere with need satisfaction and undermine well-being....

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Interpersonal relationships and irrationality as predictors of life satisfaction.

This study examined the association among interpersonal relationships irrational beliefs and life satisfaction. Twenty-eight psychotherapy clients and 207 college undergraduates completed measures of interpersonal relations (Outcome Questionnaire; Lambert et al....

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Who is more proactive the optimist or the pessimist? Exploring the role of hope as a moderator.

This research tested the existence of a moderation role of hope on the effects of optimism and pessimism over proactive coping in a sample survey of 343 subjects. The results showed that optimism explained proactive coping independent of hope....

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Would I be happier if I moved? Retirement status and cultural variations in the anticipated and actual levels of happiness.

Should one give up the comforts of home in exchange for more leisure opportunities or a desirable climate? The present research examined the anticipated and actual levels of happiness among non-retirees and retirees in the US and Korea....

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