Happiness measure, code: M-AC-h-mq-v-8-a


Selfreport on 2 questions:

A
"How important was each of the following goals in life in the plans you made for yourself in early adulthood?"
-
-
- joy in living


4 of prime importance to me
3
2
1 less important to me than to most people

B.
"How successful have you been in the pursuit of these goals?"
5 had excellent fortune in this respect
4
3
2
1 little satisfaction in this area

Computation: Life satisfaction score = Perceived success in achieving joy in living now (B) minus remembered importance of joy in living in early adulthood (A)
  
Classification
Focus, M-AC Mixed: Affect + Contentment
Time frame, h hitherto
Mode, mq multiple questions
Scale type, v verbal scale Range = 8
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceHolahan et al. (1999): study US 1960
TitleSelf Appraisel, Life Satisfaction and Retrospective Life Choices Across One and Three Decades.
PublicGifted (IQ>135) followed unto old age, USA, 1960-1992
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes