Positive attitude and cheerfulness not related to college success

This study investigated the relation between positive affect and college success for undergraduate students matriculating at 21 colleges and universities in the United States.

Positive affect — cheerfulness — was positively related to students’ self-rated academic abilities, self-predicted likelihoods of various college outcomes, self-stated major and academic-degree intentions, and self-reported subjective college outcomes, but negatively related to most objective college-success variables (e.g., cumulative college grade-point average) recorded by the institution of matriculation, and not related to objective college outcomes reported by the student.

Positive affect was thus associated with “positive illusions” about college-success variables.

Positive Affect and College Success. Journal of Happiness Studies - SpringerLink Journal, 2010.
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