Gratitude and Its Relationship with Students’ Psychological Well-Being and Happiness

  • Dorkas Ping Bilong Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Ida Juliana Hutasuhut Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Mohamad Azhari Abu Bakar Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Nurul Wardhani Faculty of Psychology, University of Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia
Keywords: gratitude, psychological well-being, happiness


This study examines gratitude among undergraduate students of a public university in Malaysia and its relationship with psychological well-being and happiness. This study took 149 samples randomly from 235 undergraduate students who were asked to participate in answering Gratitude Questionnaire-6, Ryff's Scale of Psychological Well Being, and Subjective Happiness Scale. Correlation analysis shows a positive relationship between gratitude and students' psychological well-being and happiness. This study supports the previous studies that practicing gratitude is a positive way to enhance students' healthy psychological well-being and happiness in their life. This study recommends the university management to take consideration to cultivate gratitude practice embedded in the curriculum or in the extracurricular activities.

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Ping Bilong, D., Hutasuhut, I., Abu Bakar, M. A. and Wardhani, N. (2021) “Gratitude and Its Relationship with Students’ Psychological Well-Being and Happiness”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 6(11), pp. 236 - 244. doi: