Findings on happiness in ~Gallup (2012b): study AF 2012

TitleGallup World Poll 2012.
Public15+ aged, general public, Parts of the World, 2009-2011
Survey nameGallupWorldPoll2009-2011
SampleProbability multi-stage random
 Data 2009-2011 are pooled.
Respondents N =466689
 including 24.778 first-generation migrants,
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication115
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on 11 questions Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? How about..? A enjoyment B physical pain C worry D sadness E stress F anger G depression Did you yesterday..? H feel well rested I smile and laugh a lot J learn or do something interesting K were you treated with respect all day yesterday Rated: 1: yes 0: no Computation: - Average % positive affect = (A+H)+I+J+K)/5 - Average % negative affect = (B+C+D+E+F+G)/6 - Affect Balance = Average % positive affect - Average % negative affect These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.
Author's labelAffect balance
Page in publication119-120
RemarksAffect Balance computed by WDH team
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Migrants vs Matched stayersM07aa01Ever migrated or not
Migrants vs NativesM07aa01Ever migrated or not
Migrants vs NativesM07aa02Time since migration, also classified as above ↑