Pleasurable emotions, age, and life satisfaction

Howard Berenbaum, Philip I. Chow, Michelle Schoenleber, Luis E. Flores

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The self-reported experiences of five distinct pleasurable emotions (tranquility, contentment, interest, cheerfulness, and vigor), as well as the relation between pleasurable emotions and life satisfaction, were examined in a sample of 173 pairs of younger and older adults (mean ages of 18.9 and 74.4 years, respectively). Older individuals reported significantly higher levels of cheerfulness and contentment than did younger individuals. The relation between pleasurable emotions and life satisfaction was significantly moderated by age. Specifically, life satisfaction was more strongly associated with tranquility among older individuals than among younger individuals (with a similar, albeit weaker, trend for contentment).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-143
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • age
  • emotion
  • life satisfaction
  • pleasure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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