Happiness as a Manner of Traveling : Predictors of Life Satisfaction
MetadataShow full item record
Much research has been conducted to examine the relationships between life satisfaction and objective life circumstances. However, less research has been dedicated to exploring the relationships between life satisfaction and other dimensions of psychological well-being. The aim of this study was to compare the predictive strengths of various objective life circumstances and various measures of emotional and cognitive well-being to life satisfaction. Data for this study were taken from Dr. Abigail Stewart's Women's Life Paths Study. Participants completed a survey that included several objective questions as well as several psychological measures about all aspects of their lives, and statistical analyses examined the relationship between life satisfaction and various elements. As predicted, "internal" elements such as self-esteem, ego integrity, and coping self-efficacy were predictive of life satisfaction, and most objective life circumstances such as whether or not an individual had been married or whether an individual has children, were not predictive of life satisfaction.