Paige Giammusso of Clarence, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Bonaventure University, presented her research at the international meeting of the Association for Psychological Science held May 21-24 in New York City.
Giammusso’s work was titled “Can Savoring Pleasant Moments in Life Equally Enhance Eudaimonic and Hedonic Happiness?”
Under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Walker, professor of psychology at St. Bonaventure, Giammusso discovered that while savoring can influence both forms of happiness, it most strongly influences hedonic happiness.
Eudaimonic happiness is about the joy people derive from growth accomplishment and meaning, Walker said. Hedonic happiness is about the experience of physical pleasures — that is, acquiring positive physical pleasure and the relief of uncomfortable physical states.
Giammusso has been accepted into the doctoral program at the University of Akron where she will continue this line of research.
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