Findings on happiness in Aknin et al. (2009): study US 2004

Author(s)Aknin, L.B.; Dunn, E.W.; Norton, M.I.
TitleFrom Wealth to Well-being? Money Matters, but Less than people Think.
SourceThe Journal of Positive Psychology, 2009, Vol. 4, 523 - 527
DOIDOI: 10.1080/17439760903271421
PublicUS laypeople, United States, 200?
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability sample (unspecified)
 Study 1: 429 Americans (56% female) Study 2: 315 Americans (45% female)
Respondents N =744
 Study 1: N = 429 Study 2: N= 315
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
 selection from an online survey company's panel of 2.5 million respondents, answered questions in return for points that could be redeemed for prizes Study 1: respondents report own happiness level and their prediction of happiness of others at different income levels. Study 2: respondents report own happiness level and predict their happiness level at different income levels.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question Using a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 means 'the worst possible life' and 10 means the 'best possible life', how would you rate your life overall these days? 0 worst possible life 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 best possible life
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication524
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
household incomeI01ab03Household income
predicted happiness other - Study 1H08adAttitudes to happiness of others
predicted happiness other - Study 2H08adAttitudes to happiness of others
predicted happiness self - Study 2H11ab03bPerceived level of happiness of specific social categories