Positive Affect and the Experience of Meaning in Life Among Romanian Emerging Adults

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Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 12)

Abstract

Meaning in life has been consistently documented as an essential component for a “good life” and a key to positive functioning (Davis, Wortman, Lehman, & Silver, 2000; Scollon & King, 2004). In this chapter, we examined the relationship between positive affect (PA) and the experience of life meaning among emerging adults in Romania. Results showed that PA was positively and significantly correlated with meaning of life and the most consistent predictor of the overall experience of meaning in life. We conclude that positive moods may predispose emerging adults to feel that life is meaningful. These results provide new knowledge on the construct of meaning in life among under investigated cultural sample in Europe in line with renewed attention on psychological strengths in emerging adulthood.

Keywords

Meaning in life Positive affect Emerging adults Romania 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences and CommunicationTransilvania University of BrasovBrasovRomania
  2. 2.Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Hiroshima UniversityHigashihiroshimaJapan

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