Optimism and Subjective Well Being of Employees

  • Ms. Anjali Sahai Research Scholar, Amity Institute of Psychology & Allied Sciences , AUUP, Noida
  • Dr. Mamata Mahapatra Professor, Amity Institute of Psychology & Allied Sciences , AUUP, Noida


Optimistic employees create positive synergy, vitality and proactiveness. Optimism is
all about positive, can-do beliefs, and having sense of responsibility towards oneself and
others. It guides us to maintain higher subjective well-being. It is an attributional style
which explains positive events in terms of personal, permanent & pervasive causes.
Subjective Well-Being (SWB)on the other handis cognitive and affective evaluations of a
person’s life.
To study the relationship between Optimism and Subjective Well-Being (SWB), a
sample of 300 educationists from Private Universities of Delhi/ NCR region were taken.
For this purpose, Revised Life Orientation Test (LOT-R) given by Scheier,M.F,Carver
C.S and Bridges ,M.W.(1994) and Subjective Wellbeing Scales- the Satisfaction with Life
Scale(SWLS),Scale of Positive and Negative Experience(SPANE) and Flourishing Scale
(FS by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener,( 2009) were used. Findings show signifi cant
relationship between Optimism and Subjective Well Being. This study willnot only help
in promoting optimistic behavior in work settings but also contribute in creating happy
workforce and that happy people tend to volunteer more, have more positive work related
attitude and behavior.
Key words: Optimism, Subjective Well-being, Positive affect, Negative affect
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