Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 323–337 | Cite as

Examining Moderators of Signature Strengths Use and Well-being: Calling and Signature Strengths Level

Research Paper


This study examined the relation between signature strengths use and satisfaction with a sample of diverse undergraduate students. We measured strengths use and satisfaction in both the life and academic domains and identified two possible moderators of this relation: the level of one’s signature strengths and the presence of calling. Results revealed a three way interaction between signature strengths use, signature strengths level, and calling in the prediction of life satisfaction and a two way interaction between signature strengths use and calling in the prediction of academic satisfaction. Contrary to our hypotheses, people low in calling and high in signature strengths level showed the strongest relation between signature strengths use and life satisfaction. For the academic domain, participants low in calling showed the strongest relation between strengths use and academic satisfaction but those high in calling still benefited from using their strengths. Implications for future research and limitations of the study are discussed.


Character strengths Calling Life satisfaction Academic satisfaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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