Abstract chapter 4 Introductory text to Collection Measures of Happiness


All variants of happiness can be measured using questioning. Hedonic level can also be assessed by time-sampling of mood and by observations of non-verbal behavior.

Not all the measures used for the measurement of happiness are deemed acceptable. Many measures tap broader phenomena than defined here. Whether or not this is the case is assessed in a check for face validity, that is, close reading the text of questions or observation instructions to see what is actually assessed.

About half of the measures claimed to assess happiness appear to tap something else. These measures are left out in this collection.

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