Exploring The Relationship Between Perceived Social Support And Happiness

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The study examined the relationship between perceived social support and happiness. The participants consisted of two classes of 46 second semester introductory psychology students, 14 males and 32 females. Their mean age was 21.2. Two questionnaires were to be completed in the psychology lab during the students’ usual class time. A positive correlation was found between happiness and social support; the hypothesis was supported. The study concluded that happiness and social support are positively related, as one increases the other increases and as one decreases the other decreases. Future research examining the relationship between perceived social support and happiness was suggested.
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Their findings consisted with Myers (2000), that in fact; social relationships increase happiness and life satisfaction. The unhappy group rated their relationships with family and friends as dissatisfied whereas the very happy group relied heavily on relationships as their prime source of happiness as well as spending the least amount of time alone and most of the time socializing (Diener & Seligman, 2002). The very unhappy group had “satisfactory family, interpersonal and romantic relationships and frequent socializing” (Diener & Seligman, 2002, p.83). Results showed that social relationships are important to the moods and emotions; happiness causes satisfied social lives and satisfied social lives cause happiness (Diener & Seligman, 2002).
Demir, Ozdemir and Weitekamp (2006) formed a study that relied on testing the quality and the number of friends one has as a contributor to overall happiness. The study asked to rate ones closest friends in ranking of relationship (best friend, first close friend, second close friend etc.) as well, to rate ones closest friends on a five-point scale of how often that friend occurred in their relationship; used the NRI for this part of the questionnaire (Demir, Ozdemir & Weitekamp, 2006). “Assessed happiness with the Satisfaction With Life Scale (Diener et al., 1985 as cited in Demir et al., 2006) and Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (Watson et al., 1988 as cited in Demir et al., 2006)” (Demir et al., 2006, p.252). Best friendships were rated higher in satisfied quality than close friends; best friendships contribute to overall ...

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