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


Selfreport on 8 questions

A Did you smile and laugh a lot yesterday?

Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday?
B How about enjoyment?
C How about happiness?
D Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday?

Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday?
E How about worry?
F How about sadness?
G How about stress?
H How about anger?

Rated:
1 yes
0 no
- no answer, don't know

Computation:
- Average % positive affect = (A-D)/4
- Average % negative affect = (E-H)/4
- 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
  
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