Determination of the Level of Happiness among Students of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Introduction and Objective: The purpose of this study is to determine the level of happiness and vitality as one of the effective factors on increasing students' success in education and spiritual well-being.
Materials and Methods: The present study is a descriptive cross-sectional study. Five hundred and seven students from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences were selected by stratified random sampling and responded to the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire. Data were analyzed using “SPSS 19” software, descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: The results indicate that mean of happiness among participants was 40.9 ± 13.1 (ranged from 2 to 87) which was moderate. Also mean score of happiness among males was significantly higher than females (43.5 ± 15.0 and 40.1 ± 12.4, p=0.01). Moreover there was no difference in the level of happiness between difference status such as marital (married/ single), residence (dormitory/home), field of study (medicine/pharmacology/medical laboratory sciences, and occupational health), and academic degree (bachelor/master/doctorate).
Conclusion: If academic places such as universities include a happy and vital environment, they will have a very influential role in improving the students’ educational and cultural level.