The highest correlates with subjective well-being are:
- r=.30 Personality traits, namely trust, emotional stability (neuroticism?), desire for control, hardiness, locus of control-chance (believing events happen by chance), and tension (experiencing negative emotions).
- r=.29 Affiliation (wanting to relate to others)
- r=.29 Perceived Control
- r=-.27 Neuroticism
- r=.25 Internal Locus of Control (crediting or blaming self for events that happen)
- r=.23 Social Desirability (responding in a manner one believes will lead to approval from others)
- r=.20 Sociability (relating well with others)
- r=.20 Extraversion
- Genetics also account for 80% of stable SWB
From Lucas, Richard E.; Fujita , Frank (2000). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 79(6), Dec, 2000. pp. 1039-1056.
- Extraversion (r=.38 and up to .80 when other variables controlled for)
- Conscientiousness (r=.20)