Prosociality and life satisfaction: A daily-diary investigation among Spanish university students

Zuffianò, Antonio and Marti-Vilar, Manuel and Lopez-Perez, B. (2017) Prosociality and life satisfaction: A daily-diary investigation among Spanish university students. Personality and Individual Differences, 123. pp. 17-20. ISSN 0191-8869

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With a diary study, we tested the positive effect of prosociality on life satisfaction. Fifty-six Spanish undergraduate students (45 females; Mage = 21.08 years) rated their life satisfaction, prosociality, self-esteem, and physical appearance for 5 consecutive days. Multilevel results indicated that within-individual positive deviations in prosociality (i.e., behaving more prosocial than usual) were uniquely and significantly associated with higher life satisfaction on that specific day. Students' self-esteem, physical appearance, and positive daily events were also predictive of life satisfaction. Exploratory analyses revealed that the positive effect of prosociality on life satisfaction was significant only for those students with low or medium levels of satisfaction with their physical appearance. The findings are discussed in relation to the individual determinants of subjective well-being during early adulthood.

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Additional Information and Comments: “NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in < Personality and Individual Differences. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Personality and Individual Differences, [VOL 123, March 2018)]
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Antonio Zuffiano
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 10:32
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 10:32

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