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Personal growth initiative: Relation to Hedonia and Eudaimonia happiness among South African university students

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 29, issue 3, 2019 , pages: 260–264
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2019.1626133
Author(s): Henry D. MasonDirectorate of Student Development and Support, South Africa


This study examined the relationship between personal growth initiative (PGI) and hedonic and eudaimonic happiness among a sample of South African university students (N = 235; mean age = 20.38, SD = 1.55; female = 61.70%). Students completed measures on personal growth initiative, hedonic happiness, and eudaimonic happiness. Regression analysis indicated personal growth initiative to positively predict students’ reported scores on hedonic and eudaimonic measures. The findings underscore the importance of PGI among student populations in advancing well-being among university students. It is proposed that higher education student development and support services should tap into PGI as a resource for enhancing student self-directed change and happiness.

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