Lumontod, Robinson Z., III*
Department of Psychology, Central Luzon State University, Philippines (email@example.com)
Studies on happiness had flourished around the world. Different impacts of happiness in different aspects of life had been well documented. In the Philippines however, the study of happiness remained scarce especially in academic setting. In addition, most previous studies focused mainly on GPA as a measure of academic performance. Because happiness is vulnerable to life experiences (Veenhoven, 1997), linking happiness with GPA may not yield a comprehensive and more meaningful result. To fill this gap in the previous inquiries, this study aimed at the less taken angle. Thus, this inquiry focused on the link between happiness and examination outcome of college students. The study was conducted at the Central Luzon State University, Philippines. There were 282 college students participated in the study. Using correlation and test of difference analyses, several findings were noted. Results suggest that happiness had no significant relationship with students’ examination performance. Instead, examination performance was associated with the examination’s level of difficulty. Happiness on the other hand was correlated with age and gender. Younger students were happier than older ones and female students were happier than their male counterparts. Female students were also found to have longer time spent reviewing the lesson than male students but this difference did not indicate any significant variation in examination score between genders.
Keywords: happiness; examination performance; Filipino college students; academic performance; academic success