Title

Why extravert are happier : a day reconstruction study

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Research in Personality

Publication Date

6-1-2014

Volume

50

First Page

11

Last Page

22

Publisher

Academic Press

Keywords

Affective-reactivity, Day reconstruction method, Extraversion, Momentary happiness, Person-by-situation fit

Abstract

The study contributes to the literature on extraversion and momentary happiness by examining processes that might underlie this robust effect. The affective-reactivity hypothesis suggests that extraverts react more positively to rewarding situations as compared to introverts. According to the person-by-situation model, extraverts should enjoy social interactions more than introverts do. Global reports of extraversion were combined with an ecologically valid Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) to assess time spent and happiness of 1364 participants during 13,973 activities. Multilevel results confirm that extraverts (versus introverts) experience a higher boost in momentary happiness when spending time on rewarding - but not pleasurable - activities, especially when rewarding activities are executed with others. These processes partly explain why extraverts are happier in the moment.

DOI

10.1016/j.jrp.2014.02.001

Print ISSN

00926566

E-ISSN

10957251

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

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Recommended Citation

Oerlemans, W. G. M., & Bakker, A. B. (2014). Why extraverts are happier: A day reconstruction study. Journal of Research in Personality, 50, 11-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2014.02.001

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