Proceedings of The 6th International Conference on Social sciences, Humanities and Education
Relationship between Gratitude and Well-being: A Study on Indian University Students
Gratitude is a social virtue that is commonly cherished in different cultures across the globe. It has been widely researched in different contexts in various countries. Also, well-being has been researched extensively starting since the Greek era. In the present study, the researcher tried to examine the relationship between gratitude and well-being in the Indian context. For this purpose, the researcher conducted a questionnaire survey in 2 universities in India (n: 236, age range: 18-24, M: 129, F: 107). Pearson correlation coefficient analysis was performed to analyze the data. The gratitude scale developed by McCullough et al. (2002) and the well-being scale with five factors (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationship, Meaning, and Accomplishment) developed by Butler & Kern (2016) was used for analysis. Result showed that there is a significant positive correlation between well-being and gratitude. Result of Pearson correlation coefficient showed that gratitude is positively correlated with Relationship (r= .26, p<.01), Engagement (r= .22, p<.01), and Meaning (r= .17, p<.05). The result also shows a positive correlation between the total score of well-being and gratitude (r= .24, p<.01). However, no significant correlation was found between gratitude and the two remaining factors of well-being (Positive Emotion and Accomplishment). Based on the result, it can be suggested that gratitude has a positive impact on the well-being of Indian university students. In addition, it also indicates gratitude could lead to an improvement in the relationship with others and having a meaningful life.
keywords: Engagement, Gratitude, India, Meaning, Relationship.