The Freedom to Pursue Happiness: Belief in Free Will Predicts Life Satisfaction and Positive Affect among Chinese Adolescents

04 Jan 2017Chunkai Li1, Song Wang, Yajun Zhao, Feng Kong and Jingguang Li

Data analyses indicated that a stronger belief in free will was consistently associated with higher life satisfaction and positive affect in both cohorts.

Cross-section study
2 effects
1660 subjects

Reported Outcomes

CausesOutcomeCertainty

Belief in Free Will Selfcare risk & protective factor

Subjective well-being Brain outcome
Increased risk of Subjective well-being
Brain system

Moderate evidence
89.0%

Belief in Free Will Selfcare risk & protective factor

Positive Affect Brain outcome
Strong increased risk of Positive Affect
Brain system

Moderate evidence
112.0%