An expert in positive psychology with an interest in savoring, Kurtz researches strategies on enhancing happiness in everyday life, happiness and holidays, travel and more. In addition to a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, Kurtz published a book, "The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations" (Oxford University Press, 2017), and has written a Psychology Today blog, "Happy Trails."

She received her doctorate and master's degrees from the University of Virginia, and her bachelor's degree from Millersville University.

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The Best Experiences Cannot be Planned: The Effect of Maximizing Vacation Planning on Consumer Satisfaction and Well-Being

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Nostalgia: A potential pathway to greater well-being

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The effect of a multi-week nostalgia intervention on well-being: Mechanisms and moderation.

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2022

Experiences associated with psychological richness

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2021

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Happiness, meaning, and psychological richness

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2020

Many Labs 2: Investigating variation in replicability across samples and settings

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2018

Reframing the ordinary: Imagining time as scarce increases well-being

36

2018

Affective forecasting

12

2018

Savoring: a positive emotion amplifier

12

2017

What triggers prosocial effort? A positive feedback loop between positive activities, kindness, and well-being

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2017

The happy traveler: Unpacking the secrets of better vacations

7

2017

The emotion of happiness

11

2016

Affective forecasting: Teaching a useful, accessible, and humbling area of research

11

2016

Measuring shocks and stressors as part of resilience measurement

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2015

Savouring leisure spaces

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2015

Seeing through new eyes: An experimental investigation of the benefits of photography

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2015

What psychological science knows about achieving happiness

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2015

Slate 2: Hauser et al.(2007) Scenarios 3+ 4

2014

Nurturing the Capacity to Savor: Interventions to Enhance the Enjoyment of Positive Experiences

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2014

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