Journal article

There is no temporal relationship between hedonic values and life satisfaction: A longitudinal study spanning 13 years

M Joshanloo

Journal of Research in Personality | Published : 2021

Abstract

Hedonism is defined as valuing the personal experience of pleasure and comfort as a guiding principle in one's life. Cross-sectional research shows null or weak positive associations between hedonism and life satisfaction. To examine the longitudinal associations between hedonism and life satisfaction, the present study used a nationally representative sample of Dutch adults (N = 7199), collected across 5 waves during about 13 years. The lagged within-person associations between the 2 variables indicated that hedonism and life satisfaction are not longitudinally linked. The results also showed that whereas hedonism steadily decreased, life satisfaction showed a quadratic trend over the cours..

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