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Subjective Well-Being: Are You Busy Enough to be Happy?
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by Amie R. McKibban and Shawn Nelson - Emporia State University
Categories: Personality | Social
This study attempted to determine if a relation exists between happiness and certain lifestyle habits (i.e., life structure) and personality traits (i.e., Type A achievement striving personality). We predicted there would be a positive correlation between (a) happiness and life structure, and (b) happiness and the achievement striving subset of the Type A personality scale. Eighty-six undergraduate student volunteers completed a battery of surveys. The achievement striving subset of the Type A personality scale and 3 measures of happiness were positively correlated. Life structure and positive affect also were positively correlated. These results suggest that achievement striving persons who perceive their life as structured report greater levels of happiness, or subjective well-being.