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Dreaming of a brighter future: anticipating happiness instills meaning in life

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Show simple item record van Tilburg, Wijnand A.P. Igou, Eric Raymond 2018-01-22T10:20:51Z 2018-01-22T10:20:51Z 2019
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract We theorized and tested that people’s predictions of their future as brighter than the present fulfill an important purpose: they give a sense of meaning to life. We systematically tested this existentialist hypothesis by adopting a self-regulatory approach. Study 1 indicates that envisioning a happier future helps people to find meaning in everyday life behaviors, provided that these are perceived to be instrumental for the pursuit of happiness. Consistently, Study 2 shows that envisioning such increases in future happiness is particularly employed by those who are prone to seek meaning in life. Finally, Study 3 reveals that after people envision a brighter future their perceived meaning in life increases, and it does so especially for those prone to search for meaning in life. Together, these studies suggest that imagining future happiness in part serves the function of perceiving life as meaningful. This research is novel, and builds on and contributes to the literature on meaning making, happiness, well-being, and affective forecasting. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Happiness Studies; 20, pp. 541-559
dc.subject happiness en_US
dc.subject meaning en_US
dc.subject existential psychology en_US
dc.subject self-regulation en_US
dc.subject affective forecasting en_US
dc.title Dreaming of a brighter future: anticipating happiness instills meaning in life en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10902-018-9960-8
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2741204

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