Subjective Wellbeing Analysis

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This chapter will present a discussion of the results reported in the previous chapter. Aiming to gain an understanding of the analyses of results, this chapter concludes the thesis with sections covering the limitations, implications and recommendations for future study. This research aimed to quantitatively analyze the relationship of Gratitude and Forgiveness with Subjective Wellbeing as well as determining the effectiveness of the two variables in predicting Subjective wellbeing. Previous researches have adequately established the relationship between Gratitude, Forgiveness and Subjective Wellbeing but the topic is still understudied in Pakistani population. The first aim in this study was to apply basic valuations of forgiveness, gratitude,…show more content…
Young adults in Pakistan mostly live with their parents, siblings, in-laws or often in joint family systems where harmonious relationships are attributed to the ability to forgive transgressions by others, whether major or minor. Several researchers have found that people tend to forgive close relationship partners more readily than partners in more distant relationships (Nelson, 1993; Rackley, 1993; Woodman, 1991). McCullough and fellow researches found path-analytic evidence that forgiving not only occurs more frequently in the context of satisfactory, committed, and close relationships, but that it actually facilitates the restoration of relational closeness following a transgression. Thus, people who forgive their transgressors are more likely to restore positive relations with them; in comparison, people who cannot forgive those who hurt them probably exhaust their relationships at a much quicker rate (McCullough et al, 1998). This also signifies the value of forgiveness in a Pakistani culture. Because the lack of positive, supportive relationships have been linked to nearly every psychological and physical malaise from suicide to immunosuppression forgiveness might be associated with mental and physical well-being by virtue of its utility in helping to people maintain a set of stable, supportive interpersonal…show more content…
The results showed that gratitude is not a significant predictor of subjective wellbeing (β= .08, t= 1.55, p= < .001). These results confirm past results where researchers found that forgiveness is a significant predictor of wellbeing. Worthington, Witvliet, Pietrini, & Miller (2007) found that forgiveness has a relationship with wellbeing. Witvliet, Ludwig, & VanderLaan (2001) found forgiveness can reduce negative emotions, reduce stress and improve the physiological status of physical health. Emotional forgiveness can replace negative emotions with positive emotions. Emotional forgiveness can also change the psychophysiological more positive on person’s health and well-being. Contrarily Gratitude was not found to be a significant predictor of wellbeing. This result contradicts several previous studies (Froh, Yurkewicz, & Kashdan, 2008; Wood,Joseph, and Maltby, 2009) which show the role of gratitude in improving wellbeing. 6.1

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