Relationship between gratitude and happiness in college students

Rubina Kausar


The present research explored the relationship between gratitude and happiness in college students. It was
hypothesized that there is likely to be a relationship between gratitude and happiness. It was also hypothesized that
gratitude will be the predictor of happiness in college students. The sample was comprised of n= 100 (50 girls and 50
boys) from different colleges (private and public) of Lahore. Subjective Happiness Scale by Sonja Lyubomirsky and
Lepper (1999) and Gratitude Questionnaire-Six Item Form (GQ-6) by McCullough, Emmons, and Tsang (2001)
were used to assess happiness and gratitude in college students. Pearson product moment correlation, Simple Linear
regression and independent sample t-test were applied to generate results. Results suggest that there is significant
positive relationship between gratitude and happiness. Gratitude also predicted happiness in college students. No
significant gender difference was observed between gratitude and happiness. Significant difference was found
between gratitude and happiness at 1st level and the last level students. The findings of this research have
implications for adaptation of gratitude tendencies in Pakistani youth.


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