The happy personality: a meta-analysis of 137 personality traits and subjective well-being.

@article{Deneve1998TheHP,
  title={The happy personality: a meta-analysis of 137 personality traits and subjective well-being.},
  author={Kristina M. Deneve and Harris Cooper},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  year={1998},
  volume={124 2},
  pages={
          197-229
        }
}
This meta-analysis used 9 literature search strategies to examine 137 distinct personality constructs as correlates of subjective well-being (SWB). Personality was found to be equally predictive of life satisfaction, happiness, and positive affect, but significantly less predictive of negative affect. The traits most closely associated with SWB were repressive-defensiveness, trust, emotional stability, locus of control-chance, desire for control, hardiness, positive affectivity, private… Expand
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