Failure on Life Satisfaction and Health-Related Quality of Life
A common feeling in our lives is failure. We feel this way for a variety of reasons. It might be a result of something we tried but didn’t succeed at. We might feel like a failure at work, or as a parent. It’s important to remember that a failure is not the end of the world. Failure is a part of life and it can be a motivating factor to try harder the next time.
In 1995, a young British woman got divorced. She was an unemployed single mother in modern Britain. She was the biggest failure she knew. While many of her peers would have given up, she didn’t. Instead, she started writing a story about a boy who had magical powers. She later decided to publish the book. As the story went on, she won an award for her short story and has since gone on to become an inspirational speaker.
Moreover, failure on life satisfaction was inversely related to positive affect and social connectedness. These two variables were a mediator of the negative effects of failure on life satisfaction. The PROCESS macro also identified significant indirect paths from failure on life satisfaction to health. In this study, generative failure was associated with decreased life satisfaction. It may explain the negative effects of failing to make positive contributions. However, further research is needed to explore the role of failure in improving life satisfaction.
The study was limited by a small sample size, limiting statistical significance between the results of questionnaires and demographics. Nonetheless, it revealed seven major themes that emerged from the data. In particular, participants correlated health-related quality of life with accomplishing life goals, achieving a sense of purpose, and feeling productive. They also reported high levels of depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Additionally, most participants attributed their feelings of regret to their life choices.