Empirical studies embrace a broad number of relevant topics. The study of perfectionism in its relationships with subjective well-being revealed different patterns of these relationships in two forms of perfectionism, normal and abnormal. The study of different patterns of the experience of loneliness confirmed the well-known data on strong negative connections between this experience and satisfaction with life and the meaning of life; however, this is the case only when respondents treat their loneliness as a problem; a tolerant view and even the enjoyment of solitude produces radically different patterns and serves as an important resource of well-being. A theoretical and pilot empirical study of the concepts of a happy and meaningful life has come to a conclusion on the critical role of implicit theories of a happy and meaningful life as the source of systematic errors in direct self-reports. Two other pilot studies were devoted to the image of the atheist vs. the image of the believer and to working women's perspective on future time.
The most substantial empirical study involved many researchers and was devoted to the relationships between job satisfaction, personality resources, and work motivation. The study was made on 4,708 employees of a national energy supply company. Three components of job satisfaction were separated: social, corporate, and personal ones; two of them can be assessed effectively with a new inventory. Personality resources play a dual role in work motivation. First, resources and work motivation independently predict psychological well-being at the workplace; second, the contribution of personal resources to the employees’ well-being depends on their position and work motivation. Personal resources are thus instrumental to goal attainment if the motivation is strong enough.
A special chapter of the project was the analysis of coaching practice, particularly that of positive psychology coaching as an approach to solving applied problems, helping a person to track the direction of a meaningful, happy life. Much work is still incomplete and will be continued next year.