|Scientific Journals||Research labs||Courses||People||Online Projects||Personality Pedagogy|
How happy are you now? What about now? Is it possible that simply monitoring one's happiness over time could actually change one's experience of happiness? This question was the focus of a recent study appearing in Social Psychological and Personality Science. Participants reported on their happiness over the course of two weeks using cell-phone text-messaging 1, 3, or 6 times per day. Overall, more frequent reporting of happiness was not associated with changes in happiness. However, the relation between frequency of reporting and happiness depended on neuroticism and depressive symptoms. Specifically, for individuals with higher levels of neuroticism or depressive symptoms, happiness decreased over time with more frequent reporting. Conversely, for those with lower levels of neuroticism or depressive symptoms, increased reporting was associated with increased happiness over time.
Conner, Tamlin S., & Reid, Katie A. (2012). Effects of Intensive Mobile Happiness Reporting in Daily Life. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3(3), 315-323. doi: 10.1177/1948550611419677