Happiness measure, code: A-AOL-g-mq-*-0-a


Selfreport on 2 questions:

A: "In general how happy or unhappy do you usually feel? Check the one statement below that best describes your average happiness.
10 extremely happy (feeling ecstatic, joyous, fantastic)
9 very happy (feeling really good, elated)
8 pretty happy (spirits high, feeling good)
7 mildly happy (feeling fairly good and somewhat cheerful)
6 slightly happy (just a bit above neutral)
5 neutral (not particularly happy or unhappy)
4 slightly unhappy (just a bit below neutral)
3 mildly unhappy (just a little low)
2 pretty unhappy (somewhat "blue", spirits down)
1 very unhappy (depressed, spirits very low)
0 extremely unhappy (utterly depressed, completely down)"

B: "Consider your emotions a moment further. On the average.
- What percent of the time do you feel happy?
- What percent of the time do you feel unhappy?
- What percent of the time do you feel neutral (neither happy
nor unhappy)?
Make sure the three figures add-up to equal 100%".

Scoring:
- Question A : 0.- 10
- Question B : % happy
Summation : (A * 10 + B)/2
  
Classification
Focus, A-AOL Affect: Average Overall Level
Time frame, g generally
Mode, mq multiple questions
Scale type, * Different rating scales combined Range = 0
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceSeidlitz & Diener (1993): study US 1988
TitleMemory for Positive versus Negative Life Events: Theories for the Differences between Happy and Unhappy Persons.
PublicPsychology undergraduate, students, University of Illinois, USA, 198?
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceSeidlitz & Diener (1993): study US 1988 /1
TitleMemory for Positive versus Negative Life Events: Theories for the Differences between Happy and Unhappy Persons.
PublicPsychology students, selected for earlier happiness, USA, 198?
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceSeidlitz & Diener (1993): study US 1988 /2
TitleMemory for Positive versus Negative Life Events: Theories for the Differences between Happy and Unhappy Persons.
PublicPsychology students, selected for earlier happiness, followed 11 month, USA, 198?-8?
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes