Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2021

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



Committee Chair

Natalie Lupton

Second Committee Member

Fen Wang


Happiness is something human beings strive to acquire but how to obtain this elusive feeling remains a longstanding and intriguing inquiry. One reason for this is that there is no one specific definition of happiness and no standard measurement for it. This project focuses on defining what is believed to affect happiness from an individual’s personal perspective and aims to shed light on the current research and understanding of how to define happiness and what common variables lead to happiness. To this aim, a structured literature review was conducted which led to the development of a mixed methods survey designed for a sample population of college students. This project presents an extensive literature review, the developed survey, and discusses the disruptive impact of the pandemic on the study. Suggestions for future research will be provided.