2009 Volume 18 Issue 1 Pages 35-45
Previous studies have revealed that extraversion and neuroticism are among the most important trait determinants of subjective well-being. However, the mechanism underlying the relationship between personality and subjective well-being are yet to be clearly delineated. The present study examined mediating effects of valence of daily life events on the links between extraversion, neuroticism and subjective well-being. College students rated how pleasant or unpleasant a variety of daily life events were, and how frequently they experienced them. Results showed those high on extraversion tended to rate positive interpersonal events as more pleasant than those low, which then led to their higher subjective well-being. In contrast, those high on neuroticism experienced job- and study-related difficulties more frequently than those low, which lead to lower life satisfaction and self-esteem.