Using a Technology-Based Meaning and Purpose Intervention to Improve Well-being: A Randomised Controlled Study

Joep van Agteren, Jonathan Bartholomaeus, Emma Steains, Laura Lo, Adam Gerace

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Increasing the saliency of existing sources of meaning and purpose in life could be a practical focus area for innovative wellbeing interventions. This randomised controlled study aimed to assess the impact of a brief seven-day technology-based intervention on meaning in life, life satisfaction, and affect compared to a waitlist control group. A mobile phone application was used to deliver daily activities and momentary reflection questions. Significant improvements where observed in the presence of meaning in life (p =.02, η2 =.05), life satisfaction (p =.00, η2 =.08) and positive affect (p =.02, η2 = 0.05) for the intervention versus the control group. Ecological momentary assessment data found increases in life satisfaction and meaning in life (b = 0.044, p =.041) and shed insight into activities that fostered fulfillment. These findings pave the way for future meaning and purpose interventions to build mental health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • App-based Intervention
  • Ecological momentary sampling
  • Meaning in life
  • Purpose
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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