Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 450–453 | Cite as

Association Between Religiosity and Happiness Among a Group of Muslim Undergraduate Students

  • Ali Sahraian
  • Abdullah Gholami
  • Ali Javadpour
  • Benafsheh Omidvar
Original Paper


The association between religiosity and happiness has been the focus of much recent research. The majority of them report a positive correlation between a religious attitude and behavior and the level of happiness. However, different findings have been reported. The aim of the current study was to test link between religiosity and happiness among a group of undergraduate Muslim students. Two hundred and seventy-one health-related students agreed to participate and completed Oxford Happiness Index and a religious belief questionnaire. It was found that higher score on religious belief was significantly linked to the level of happiness (r = .256, P = .01). The result confirms that individuals with a more religious attitude experience more happiness. The result of this study should be considered in programs designed to improve overall well-being of university students.


Religiosity Happiness Undergraduate students 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Sahraian
    • 1
  • Abdullah Gholami
    • 2
  • Ali Javadpour
    • 1
  • Benafsheh Omidvar
    • 3
  1. 1.Research Centre for Psychiatry and Behavioural SciencesShiraz University of Medical SciencesShirazIran
  2. 2.Shiraz University of Medical SciencesShirazIran
  3. 3.Student Counselling OfficeShiraz University of Medical SciencesShirazIran

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