Meaning and Happiness

Philosophical Topics 41 (1):161-185 (2013)
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Antti Kauppinen
University of Helsinki
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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.
Keywords happiness  meaningfulness  emotion
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ISBN(s) 0276-2080
DOI 10.5840/philtopics20134118
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