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Accounting for the richness of daily activities

White, Mathew P. and Dolan, Paul (2009) Accounting for the richness of daily activities. Psychological Science, 20 (8). pp. 1000-1008. ISSN 0956-7976

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Abstract

Serious consideration is being given to the impact of private behavior and public policies on people's subjective well-being (SWB). A new approach to measuring well-being, the day reconstruction method (DRM), weights the affective component of daily activities by their duration in order to construct temporal aggregates. However, the DRM neglects the potentially important role of thoughts. By adapting this method to include thoughts as well as feelings, we provide perhaps the most comprehensive measure of SWB to date. We show that some activities relatively low in pleasure (e.g., work and time with children) are nonetheless thought of as rewarding and therefore contribute to overall SWB. Such information may be important to policymakers wishing to promote behaviors that are conducive to a broader conception of SWB.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://pss.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2009 Association for Psychological Science
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 15:19
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32543/

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