Abstract

What is the relationship between meaning in life and happiness? In psychological research, subjective meaning and happiness are often contrasted with each other. I argue that while the objective meaningfulness of a life is distinct from happiness, subjective or felt meaning is a key constituent of happiness, which is best understood as a multidimensional affective condition. Measures of felt meaning should consequently be included in empirical studies of the causes and correlates of happiness.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2154-154X
Print ISSN
0276-2080
Pages
pp. 161-185
Launched on MUSE
2015-02-13
Open Access
No
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