A STUDY OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIAL DESIRABILITY AND THE LEVEL OF HAPPINESS AMONG YOUNG ADULTS
Asia Pacific Journal of Research
The current study attempts to investigate the relationship between Social Desirability and the level of Happiness among Youth. The study explores the realtionship between social desirability and happiness because on the surface of it, wanting to be socially desirable is a very admirable and pleasant trait, and one that would surely win you friends and respect and increase your popularity and your confidence as a result. 'To please is a disease'-and in excess it can become an addiction that
... addiction that eventually results in neglecting your own needs and wants, and ironically losing the respect of the people you are trying to please and ultimately it kills an individuals happiness. Social Desirability is " where the individual responds to item content in such a way as to portray himself in other than a true light (e.g. responding to items in terms of the social desirability of the answers)". Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources. Various research groups, including positive psychology, are employing the scientific method to research questions about what "happiness" is, and how it might be attained. The sample comprised of 60 college students with 30 males and 30 females all in the age range of 18-24 years. Subjects were chosen from the Department of English of Panjab University, Chandigarh. Purposive Random Sampling method was used for the selection of the sample. Based on the review of literature, following hypotheses have been proposed it was expected that there is a relationship between social desirability and the level of happiness and that social desirability is different in males and females. Mean and Standard Deviation(SD) were calculated in addition to correlation and t ratio for finding out the results.