Happiness measure, code: A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-p


Selfreport on 16 questions

Did you yesterday..?
A smile and laugh a lot
B were you proud of something?
C learn or do something interesting
D did you feel enjoyment?
E did you feel love?
F would you like to have more days like yesterday?
H did you feel feel well rested?
I were you treated with respect?
J were you able to choose how you spend your time?
K did you have good tasting food?

Did you feel a lot yesterday
L worry
M sadnes
N depression
O boredom
P anger
Q shame

Rated:
1: yes
0: no

Computation:
- Average % positive affect = (A-K)/10
- Average % negative affect = (L-Q)/6
- Affect Balance = Average % positive affect - Average % negative affect

These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.
  
Classification
Focus, A-AB Affect Affect Balance (various)
Time frame, yd yesterday
Mode, mq multiple questions
Scale type, v verbal scale Range = 2
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceOishi et al. (2012): study ZZ 2007
TitleProgressive Taxation and the Subjective Well-Being of Nations.
Public15+ aged, general public, 54 nations, 2007
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes