Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Master of Science Program
Department of Psychology & Psychotherapy; Titu Maiorescu University

The relationship between quality of life and perception of happiness

Quality of life and happiness was both the subject of several studies over the years, many authors tried to have a better understanding on their role and influence in people's lives. The objective of this study is to investigate to what extent the self-assessed level of quality of life is associated with the subjective way people perceive happiness.

A group of 103 people aged between 21 and 52 years (Mage = 34.67, SD = 9.73) participated in this research. They received for completing two instruments, a scale for assessing the quality of life (The Quality of Life Scale) and subjective happiness scale (SHS) and a demographic questionnaire.

The results have shown that the level of happiness (SHS) could be predicted at a rate of 49.2% through a regression model. Also, significant correlations were found between several subscales for assessing quality of life and happiness level self-reported by the participants. The results come to support the hypothesis of a relationship between quality of life and the subjective way in which people perceive happiness but must be treated carefully, taking into account the limited sample of participants.

Keywords: quality of life, level of happiness, physical and material well-being, relationships with others, social, civic and community activity, personal development and fulfillment.