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Sanna Takkinen, Timo Suutama and Isto Ruoppila

This study examined longitudinally the predictive value of physical activity for a sense of meaning in life and for self-rated health and functioning. The study was part of the Evergreen Project in Jyväskylä, Finland. A representative sample (N = 198) of elderly persons born between 1904 and 1913 was interviewed in 1988 and followed up in 1996. The interviews dealt with physical, psychological, and social functioning. The interview questions selected for this study dealt with the intensity of physical activity, meaning in life, and self-rated health and functioning. Longitudinal models showed that physical activity had a positive effect on both meaning in life and self-rated health and functioning. Physical activity and meaning in life also had indirect effects on self-rated health and functioning.

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John B. Nezlek, Marzena Cypryańska, Piotr Cypryański, Karolina Chlebosz, Karolina Jenczylik, Joanna Sztachańska and Anna M. Zalewska

. Our measures were based on Ryff and Keyes’s ( 1995 ) model of well-being (self-esteem, self-efficacy, and meaning in life), Diener, Emmons, Larsen, and Griffin’s ( 1985 ) concept of life satisfaction, and Bradburn’s ( 1969 ) classic work on affect. We selected these measures because they represented a

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Kim Gammage, Rachel Arnold, Nicole Bolter, Angela Coppola, Thomas Curran, Lori Dithurbide, Karl Erickson, Larkin Lamarche, Sean Locke, Luc Martin and Kathleen Wilson

://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1098-108X Author website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Grace_Holland That’s My Team—And It Makes Me Feel Better The primary aim of this study was to examine the impact of team identification and social connectedness on meaning in life. A sense of meaning in one’s life is an

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Rohack * 4 2001 9 2 115 127 10.1123/japa.9.2.115 Research More Meaning by Exercising? Physical Activity as a Predictor of a Sense of Meaning in Life and of Self-Rated Health and Functioning in Old Age Sanna Takkinen * Timo Suutama * Isto Ruoppila * 4 2001 9 2 128 141 10.1123/japa.9.2.128 Testing a

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Yuhei Inoue, Mikihiro Sato, Kevin Filo, James Du and Daniel C. Funk

spectating of a sport event in the current research context. Live Spectating and Life Satisfaction Participation in leisure activities, through exercise (i.e., physical activity) and nonexercise (e.g., attendance at cultural events), provides a context where people can create meaning in life, and this is

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Melissa E. Hay and Denise M. Connelly

interpretations of meaning in life. However, individuals’ abilities to find meaning in experiences, despite health- or age-related challenges, may alter the ways in which they interpret those destabilizing events ( Dezutter et al., 2015 ; Hay et al., 2016 ). The participants in this study acknowledged age- and

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Katie E. Misener

-being through a personal sense of purpose, self-growth, and increased meaning in life ( Brandel et al., 2018 ). Eudaimonic Well-Being Well-being is a complex construct that at its simplest form concerns optimal human experience and functioning ( Ryan & Deci, 2001 ). Two of the dominant traditions within the

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Melvin Lewis, Kenon A. Brown, Samuel D. Hakim, Andrew C. Billings and Carla H. Blakey

, 24 ( 1 ), 1 – 17 . Wann , D.L. , Hackathorn , J. , & Sherman , M.R. ( 2017 ). Testing the team identification-social psychological health model: Mediational relationships among team identification, sport fandom, sense of belonging, and meaning in life . Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and

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Richard Tahtinen, Michael McDougall, Niels Feddersen, Olli Tikkanen, Robert Morris and Noora J. Ronkainen

reflection is, in fact, a maladaptive trait in the context of sports. Future research could further investigate whether reflection could have an adaptive function over time and/or through other outcomes, such as increased meaning in life and/or sport. It is likely that the stressors that trigger depression

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Fleur E.C.A. van Rens, Rebecca A. Ashley and Andrea R. Steele

.E. , Feltz , D.L. , & Gilson , T.A. ( 2011 ). A comparison of athlete and student identity for Division I and Division III athletes . Journal of Sport Behavior, 34 , 295 – 306 . Thoits , P.A. ( 2012 ). Role-identity salience, purpose and meaning in life, and well-being among volunteers . Social