Adult Playfulness, Humor Styles, and Subjective Happiness

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-640
Journal / PublicationPsychological Reports
Volume119
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Abstract

Playfulness has been referred to as a disposition that involves reframing a situation to amuse others and to make the situation more stimulating and enjoyable. It may serve to shift one’s perspective when dealing with environmental threats. Despite all the benefits of playfulness towards psychological well-being, it remains a largely understudied subject in psychology, particularly in Chinese societies. Hence, this study examined the association between adult playfulness, humor styles, and subjective happiness among a sample of 166 university students in Hong Kong and 159 students in Guangzhou, who completed a self-administered questionnaire, including the Short Measure for Adult Playfulness, the Chinese Humor Styles Questionnaire, and the Subjective Happiness Scale. Results showed that adult playfulness was positively correlated with affiliative humor, self-enhancing humor, and subjective happiness in both Hong Kong and Guangzhou samples. By its implication, highly playful Chinese students preferred using affiliative and self-enhancing humor to amuse themselves and others.

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  • Chinese use of humor, humor styles, Playfulness, subjective happiness

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Adult Playfulness, Humor Styles, and Subjective Happiness. / Yue, Xiao D.; Leung, Chun-Lok; Hiranandani, Neelam A.

In: Psychological Reports, Vol. 119, No. 3, 01.12.2016, p. 630-640.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review