Research on positive psychology interventions (PPIs) has established the value of activities such as acts of kindness, gratitude, and savoring life’s joys, for increasing individuals’ sense of well-being. Critical to the efﬁcacy of PPIs is person-activity ﬁt – the degree activities stem from intrinsic motivation. Although person-activity ﬁt effects are well documented, gaps remain in our understanding of how sociodemographic variables, particularly age and gender, play a role. We investigated how gender may affect self-reported person-activity ﬁt across three PPIs: A gratitude journal; Acts of Kindness; and Savoring life’s joys. Age was explored since the subject sample ranged widely, from 18 to 51years. Twenty-eight men and 82 women completed person-activity ﬁt questionnaires. A multiple analysis of variance resulted in a main effect for gender, with women showing greater person-activity ﬁt for all three PPIs. Among women only, age correlated signiﬁcantly with person-activity ﬁt for all three PPIs, suggesting greater maturational variability among men.
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