The Correlation Between Social Activity And Subjective Well Being

1701 WordsDec 4, 20147 Pages
Abstract 523 university students participated in an online questionnaire which contained the ‘Satisfaction with Life Scale’ and the ‘Social Activity Measure” to decide upon if a relationship exited between social activity and subjective well-being. The data suggested that a weak positive connection between social activity and subjective well-being existed. The results supported the second hypothesis that the frequency of social activity would be less strongly correlated with well-being compared to satisfaction with social activity. The results finally indicated that the final hypothesis was supported as a correlation existed with well-being and the satisfaction and rate of occurrence of social activity among parents, friends groups and relatives. Historically, most psychologists have focused their attention into researching mental health and investigating possible treatments for mental illness with connotations of having ‘negative emotions’. A shift has occurred lately where unlike past studies, which were motivated by ‘negative emotions’ for example depression and anger, studies currently are rather fuelled by the concepts of ‘positive emotions’ such as happiness and elation. There has been a growing emergence of experimental research relating to personal happiness and self-perceived well-being (eg.,McDowell, 2009; Tkach & Lyubomirsky, 2006), much of this movement into research of ‘positive emotions’ is due to Martin Seligman who founded positive psychology in 1998. The
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