Happiness measure, code: A-Sum-g-mq-*-111-a


Selfreport on two questions:

A
Use the list below to answer the following question: IN GENERAL, HOW HAPPY OR UNHAPPY DO YOU USUALLY FEEL? Check the one statement that best describes your average happiness.
10 extremely happy (feeling ecstatic, joyous, fantastic!)
9 very happy (feeling really good and 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 slightly unhappy (just a bit below neutral)
4 mildly unhappy (just a bit low0
3 pretty unhappy (somewhat "blue", spirits down0
2 very unhappy ( depressed, spirits very low)
1 extremely unhappy (utterly depressed, completely down)

B)
Consider your emotions a moment further. On the average, what percentage 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)? Write down your best estimate, as well as you can, in the space below. Make sure the figures add-up to equal 100%
The percent of time I felt happy _____%
The percent of time I felt unhappy _____%
The percent of time I felt neutral _____%

Summation: A + % happy on B

Name: Fordyce's 'Happiness measure'
  
Classification
Focus, A-Sum Affect: Summed appraisals
Time frame, g generally
Mode, mq multiple questions
Scale type, * Different rating scales combined Range = 111
  
Used in studies
  
ReferenceKaliterna Lipovcan et al. (2004): study HR 2004
TitleQuality of Life, Life Satisfaction and Happiness in Shift- and Non-Shiftworkers.
PublicProfessionals in social care settings, Croatia, 2004
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes
  
ReferenceSmith et al. (1999): study US 1997
TitleDispositional Envy.
PublicUndergraduate students, USA, 1999
Findingsdistributional: no, correlational: yes