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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1004-1009

A study of the relationship between lifestyle and happiness of students at Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences over 2015–2016


1 Department of Medical Emergencies, School of Paramedical, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran
2 Research Center for Environmental Determinants of Health, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran
3 Students Research Committee, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Arash Ziapour
Research Center for Environmental Determinants of Health, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ATMPH.ATMPH_310_17

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Background: Lifestyle, as one's behavior patterns, greatly affects one's health and society. In addition, happiness is seen as one of the major mental needs of human beings. When happiness is addressed in relation to university students, as the vibrant strata of societies, its significance becomes twofold. Objective: The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between the lifestyle and happiness of students at Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences between 2015 and 2016. Materials and Methods: In this descriptive and correlational study, the statistical population comprised all students at Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences in the 2015–2016 academic year, of which 600 students (210 males and 224 females) were selected through the stratified random sampling. Further, for data collection, the lifestyle questionnaire and Argyle's revised Oxford happiness questionnaire were utilized. Then, data were analyzed through the descriptive and inferential statistics in the SPSS Statistics Software version 21.0 (P < 0.05). Results: In the present study, the mean scores of lifestyle and happiness measured 13.0 ± 50.2 and 0.25 ± 39.3, respectively. Furthermore, the results of the Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient revealed that there was a significant positive relationship between the university students' lifestyle and happiness (r = 0.631, 0.38). Conclusions: The bilateral relationship between lifestyle and happiness and their effects on the overall health is a topic that should be discussed in issues pertaining to health. Given the relationship between the variables of the present study, to boost the students' lifestyles toward improving their happiness, it is recommended that careful plans should be laid by the cultural departments in collaboration with the counseling centers in universities through providing various packages in the form of classes and workshops.


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