chapter  6
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Social relationships

Social relationships have a powerful effect on happiness and other aspects of well-being, and are perhaps its greatest single cause. One way of estimating their effect is from the regression coefficients, which show correlations after other variables have been held constant, and an example from the Quality of American Life study by Campbell et al. (1976) is shown in Table 6.1. The first column shows how each domain was rated for importance, 1 being the highest, and the second column shows the independent effect of each domain on overall satisfaction.