Correlational findings

Study Hurley & Kwon (2012): study US 2011

Student participants in a savouring exercise and controls, USA, 2011
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 193
Non Response
Questionnaire: Paper & Pencil Interview (PAPI)


Authors's Label
Recalling positive events in the past week
Our Classification
Students in intervention group were asked to recall three positive events that happened to them during the past week, to briefly write down these events, and to list possible ways they could have savored these events while they occurred.

The control group did not receive this intervention

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BW-cw-mq-v-5-b DM = +                  Happiness LEVEL  CHANGE
                 T1      T2       T2-T1
Intervention     11,93   15,87    +3,94
Control          11,46   12,79    +1,33
- difference     +0,27   +3,06    +2,61
A-BW-cw-mq-v-5-b D%sr = + Intervention                      +4,9%
Control                           +1,7%
- difference                      +3,3%

Happiness assessed at:
T1: at start of intervention
T2: at end of intervention 2 weeks later

Affect Balance computed by WDH team subtracting average negative affect from average positive affect.

Negative affect had decreased in the intervention group at T2, but positive affect did not increase