Running Head: SOCIAL SUPPORT AND HAPPINESS 1
Perceived Social Support and Happiness Report
Douglas College Running Head: SOCIAL SUPPORT AND HAPPINESS 2
Happiness and social support is important for many different reasons. Happiness has been
said to have a good impact on our mental and physical health. By having a strong social
support, it can help to lead to happiness. The happiness that comes from having many
connections with a network results from the body releasing endorphins to make us
happier and improve our mental abilities. Being part of a team or community makes me
feel like I am part of something and gives me a strong social support network. The goal
of this paper is to report on the hypothesis that if an individual with a high level of
perceived social support will have a high level of happiness whereas individuals with a
low level of perceived social support will have a low level of happiness. This paper will
be based on two reports: “looking to happy tomorrows with friends: best and close
friendships as they predict happiness” by Demir, M., Ozdemir, M., and Wetekamp, L.A.
and “Very happy people: A research report” written by Diener, E. and Seligman, M.E.P.
In the paper, I will list the materials, procedures and participants as well as the results and
discussion that will give us a better understanding of happiness and social support.
HEADING 1: METHOD
The type of study conducted is a correlational study where we are to look for a
relationship between variables. In this case, the variables are a high level of perceives
social support will lead to a high level of happiness. The way we are to test this is with a
questionnaire listed in the materials section.
Subheading 1.1.: Materials
Multidimensional scale of perceived social support. (MSPSS) Consists of 12 statesments,
each rated from 1 to 7 Strongly disagreeing or strongly agreeing.
Zimet, G.D., Dahlem, N. W., Zimet, S.G., & Farley, G. K. (1988) The multidimensional
Scale of Perceived Social Support. Journal of personality assessment, 52(1), 2041.
Oxford Happiness Questionnaire. (OHQ) Consists of 29 statesments, 17 positively
worded and 12 negatively worded. Each statement rated from 1 (strongly disagree) to 6
(strongly agree) indicating a high/low level of happiness
Hills, P., & Argyle, M. (2002). The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire: A compact scale for
the measurement of psychological well being. Personality and Individula Differences, 33,
10721082. Doi: 10.1016/S01918869(01)002136
Two other articles
Demir, M., Ozdemir, M., and Wetekamp, L.A. (2007) looking to happy tomorrows with
friends: best and close friendships as they predict happiness. Journal of Happiness
Studies, 8, 243271. Doi 10.1007/s1090200690252 Running Head: SOCIAL SUPPORT AND HAPPINESS 3
Diener, E. and Seligman, M.E.P. (2002) Very happy people: A research report”
Psychological Science, 13(1), 8184. Doi:10.1111/14679280.00415
Subheading 1.2. Procedures
1) Before lab, Questions were stapled. Half were MSPSS before OHQ and the other
half was vice versa and the response