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Routines and Meaning in Life

Samantha J. Heintzelman ; Laura A. King 2018

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  • Title:
    Routines and Meaning in Life
  • Author: Samantha J. Heintzelman ; Laura A. King
  • Subjects: Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Description: Previous research links the experience of meaning in life (MIL) with environmental structure and the coherence of external stimuli. The current studies directly test the association between one source of structure in everyday life—routines—and MIL. First, Study 1 (N = 317) found a positive relationship between trait preference for routine and MIL. Study 2 expanded upon this cross-sectional finding with experience sampling data (N = 85; 2,590 episodes) showing that the degree to which current, naturally occurring, behavior followed a typical routine positively related to participants’ momentary feelings of MIL. These findings have implications for conceptualizations of MIL, suggesting a previously unnoted, mundane, and ubiquitous source of MIL. The potential roles of boredom and novelty and individual and situational differences for these effects are discussed....
  • Publisher: Figshare
  • Creation Date: 2018
  • Identifier: DOI: 10.25384/SAGE.C.4237250.V1 ; Related DOI: 10.1177/0146167218795133 ; Related DOI: 10.25384/SAGE.c.4237250
  • Source: DataCite

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