Self-forgiveness, self-compassion, subjective vitality, and orientation to happiness as predictors of subjective well-being

Dolunay Cuğ, Fevziye
The aim of the current study is to test the role of self-forgiveness, self-compassion, subjective vitality and orientation to happiness in predicting subjective well-being among university students. The sample was composed of 820 university students attending five faculties in a university in Turkey. The data were collected by administering Heartland Forgiveness Scale, Self-Compassion Scale, Subjective Vitality Scale, Orientation to Happiness Scale, Positive and Negative Affect Scale, and Life Satisfaction Scale. Two separate studies were conducted to carry out the adaptation studies of Subjective Vitality Scale and Orientation to Happiness Scale. Results of structural equation modeling analyses revealed that the hypothesized model explained 76 % of the variance in subjective well-being. More specifically, results yielded that subjective vitality was the strongest predictor in subjective well-being; self-compassion, self-forgiveness, subjective vitality were mediated by meaning orientation but not mediated by pleasure orientation in predicting subjective well-being. The current findings may have implications for clinicians and researchers in examining the personal characteristics that may help to understand their contributions to subjective well-being of university students.