Correlational findings

Study Odou & Vella-Brodrick (2013): study AU 2009

Participants in happiness training, Australia, 2009
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 76
Non Response
Questionnaire: Conputer Assisted Web Interview (CAWI)


Authors's Label
Best Possible Self and Three Good Things intervention
Our Classification
BPS:      T1 n = 73, T2 n = 21, T3 n = 14
TGT:      T1 n = 70, T2 n = 25, T3 n = 11
Control: T1 n = 67, T2 n = 30, T3 n = 13
Participants were randomly assigned to:
Participants were asked to imagine their best possible self. Imagine yourself in the future, after everything has gone as well as it possibly could. You have succeeded in accomplishing all of your life goals. Think of this as the realisation of your life dreams, and of your own best potentials. This involves identifying the best possible way that things might turn out in your life in order to help guide your decisions in the present. Imagine your best possible self using as many sensory modalities a,; possible (i.e. smell, sound, sight,
taste, touch, feeling/emotion and sense of movement). It may help to close your eyes
in doing this task before you write down what you have experienced. For the next 7 days we would like you to choose an area of your life and imagine your best possible self related to this domain. Choose a new domain each day.
1B: THREE GOOD THINGS (TGT). Participants were asked to recall and imagine three good things that went well each day and a causal expIanation for each good thing. "Recall and imagine" means to remember and create a mental image of each good thing you choose. In creating your mental image try to use as many sensory modalities as possible (i.e. sight, sound, hearing, smell, taste, touch, feeling/emotion and sense of movement). You might find this task eas;ier if you close your eyes. After creating each mental image, please write down your experience. Please do this for three good things that happened in your day. Please complete this exercise each day for the next 7 days starting today.
No activities

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BW-cw-mq-v-5-c DM = +             T1     T2     T3     T2-T1  T3-T1
BPS         11,64  17,43  18,66  +5,79  +7,02
TGT         17,73  19,02  19,54  +2,29  +2,81
Control      8,39   7,27   8,92  -1,12  +0,53  

BPS vs Control                   +6,91  +6,49
TGT vs Control                   +3,41  +2,28
A-BW-cw-mq-v-5-c D%sr = +                                  T2-T1  T3-T1
BPS                              +7,2%  +8,8%
TGT                              +2,9%  +3,5%  
Control                          -1,4%  +0,7%

BPS vs Control                   +8,6%  +8,1%  
TGT vs Control                   +4,3%  +2,8%  

Happiness assessed at
T1 = pre activity
T2 = post 1 week activity
T3 = after 1 week follow-up