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The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of age and culture on the perceived necessity of hedonic (e.g., pleasurable experiences) and eudaimonic (e.g., meaningful life experiences) views of happiness and their associations with well-being. 150 American and Indian participants completed self-report measures assessing the perceived necessity of hedonic and eudaimonic views and well-being. Although Indian people reported the higher necessity of eudaimonic views to experience well-being, age and culture were not related to the relationships between each view and well-being. In contrast, the necessity of eudaimonic views predicted well-being no matter what culture one belongs to. Exploratory analyses also revealed that older people in both countries reported higher well-being than younger people, whereas that wellbeing did not differ by culture. Overall, the current study suggests that reviewing one’s life experiences is important to enhance well-being regardless of how old the person is, and no matter which culture they belong to.

Keywords: hedonic and eudaimonic happiness, age, individualistic and collectivistic cultures, well-being

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Helen Harton, Chair

Date Original


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1 PDF file (viii, 69 pages)



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