Trend average happiness in nations

Happiness is how much one likes the life one lives. Average happiness in nations is expressed in the mean of responses to single questions on happiness in general population surveys.

Variable


Item type and code in item bank


Code


Nation


Since



Source
World Database of happiness (WDH)
Distributional Findings in Nations
Transformed scores (1)

Happiness 3-step, all variants hl3_us USA 1947 WDH table 111a
3-step, O-HL/c/sq/v/3/aa (2) hl3a_us USA 1947 WDH table 111a
3-step, O-HL/g/sq/v/3/d hl3d_us USA 1947 WDH table 111a
4-step, all variants hl4_us USA 1946 WHD table 111b
Life satisfaction 2-step, O-SLP/g/sq/v/2/b ls2_us USA 1979 WDH table 121a
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_be Belgium 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_de Germany (re-united) 1990 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_dee Germany (former East) 1990 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_dew Germany (former West) 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_dk Denmark 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_eu8* EU-8 (3) 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_fr France 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_gr Greece 1981 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_ie Ireland 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_it Italy 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/ variants a,e,f ls4a_jp Japan 1958 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLW/c/sq/4/e ls4b_jp Japan 1992 WDH table 121c
4-step, mean ls4a_jp and ls4b_jp ls4_jp Japan 1958 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_lu Luxemburg 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_nl Netherlands 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_pt Portugal 1985 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_sp Spain 1985 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b ls4_uk UK (Great Britain) 1973 WDH table 121c
5-step, O-SLW/u/sq/v/5 variants a,g,k,l ls5_jp Japan 1978 WDH table 121d
4+5 step, mean ls4_jp and ls5_jp ls45_pj Japan 1958 WDH table 121c+d
11-step, O-SLW/c/sq/n/11/a,d,ca ls11_au Australia 1975 WDH table 122e
BestWorst 11-step, C-BW/c/sq/l/11/a bw11_us USA 1959 WDH table 131b
Mixed items mean of: hl3_us, hl4_us, ls2_us, bw11_us mix_us USA 1946 WDH tables 111a+b, 121a, 131b

1) Means transformed to response range 0-10. Method explained in section 7/3.3 of the introductory text.

2) GSS director Smith (1979) advises to drop 1972 from time series analysis because the item was placed in an unusual sequence in the questionnaire. The 2002 rating of happiness may have been depressed by the 9/11 terrorist attack 6 month before.

3) Weighted average: EU-8 = Belgium x 0.037423 + Denmark x 0,19263 + France x 0,213337 + West-Gernamy x 0,243826 + Italy x 0,211549 + Luxemburg x 0,0001503 + Netherlands x 0,056975 + UK x 0,216118

Same variable in datafile 'States of nations' Happiness