Findings on happiness in ~Well-Being Study Unit (2012a): study JP 2012

Author(s)~Well-Being Study Unit,
TitleInitial investigation on the data from the Quality of Life Survey FY2011.
SourceEconomic and Social Research Institute Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, 2012, Japan
Public15-69 aged, general population, Japan, 2012
Collect periodMarch 13th
Last collect periodMarch 16th
Survey nameUnnamed study
 Quality of Life Survery (Online). Well-Being study Unit, Government of Japan
SampleSampling not reported
 Invitations were sent to panel respondents by e-mail. Responses were collected until they reached required numbers.
Respondents N =10469
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
 Online addition to Quality of Life Survey, which involved face-to-face interviews and self completion questionnaires. This online addition asseses well-being indicators not included in the main survey. The publication focusses on differences due to method of assesment. The Main quality of Life Survey is reported in: ~Well-Being Study Unit (2012b)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Overall, how happy would you say you are currently? 10 very happy 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 very unhappy
Author's labelLevel of current happiness
Page in publication5
Remarksonly the graphical representation of the distribution was reported
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on single question; Now, let's talk about your life as a whole. All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 0 completely dissatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 completely satisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication16
RemarksDistribution not reported
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on 9 questions: I'd like you to think about YESTERDAY by trying to retrace your actions and locations - that is - what you were doing and where you were - thouighout YESTERDAY. A good way to do this is by starting in the morning when you awoke andthen moving to the next activity and so on.So please spend 30 seconds or so doing this. Review your morning, then afternoon and then evening. Now rate how or how much you have felt.. A Happy B Engaged C Satisfied D Worthwhile and meaningful E Stress F Worried G Sad H Pain I Wished you were somewhere else Rated: 0 not at all : : 10 very much Computation: (A+B+C+D+E)/5 - (F+G+H+I)/4
Author's labelAffect balance of Yesterday
Page in publication22
Remarksonly the graphical representation of the distribution was reported
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -10 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
AgeI06aa03Method of interrogation, also classified as above ↑
Desired level of happinessH11agDesired happiness
Employment statusE02abCurrent employment status
Employment statusO01abCurrent occupation, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusS01ab01aInvolved in schooling or not, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusE02ae02Public employment (vs private sector), also classified as above ↑
Expected level of happinessH04aa04aIn the near future (up to 5 years)
Factors considered important to determine happinessH11ab02aPerceived sources of one's own happiness
Family members' conditionH20ac01aDependent persons in household
Frequency of social contacts (by telephone etc)I07ab03Frequency of intimate contacts
Frequency of social contacts (face to face)I07ab03Frequency of intimate contacts
Interdependent happinessH11ab03dPerceived interdependence with happiness of others
Life satisfactionH07aa01bO-HL by O-SL
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
NEET-Hikikomori ScaleL09ab01Current life-style pattern (life-style type)
NEET-Hikikomori ScaleW05adCurrent satisfaction with work, also classified as above ↑
NEET-Hikikomori ScaleL04agLife-adjustment inventories, also classified as above ↑
Nr of people respondents can count on in troubleS10ab02Sources of current support
Perceived level of other family member's happinessH11ab03Perceived happiness of others
Psychological distress (K6)H13ab02Self ratings of mental health
Residence of parentsH20ab06Living with parents
Satisfaction with parentingC03abCurrent parental status
Satisfaction with parentingC06ac03Satisfaction with parenting, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with various aspect of lifeL04ad02Satisfaction with multiple domains of life
Self-perceived usefulnessS02ab09Self-perceived usefulness
Self-reported health statusH14ab02eFeeling healthy
Self-reported health statusI06aa03Method of interrogation, also classified as above ↑
SexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Social supportS10ac02Perceived availability of social support
Social trustT04abCurrent trust
Suicide rate in prefectureR06ab01cSuicide in region
Survey methodI06aa03Method of interrogation
Trust in institutionsN11ab27bTrust in institutions
Trust in peopleT04ab02Trust in people
Trust in peopleP05dhTrusting, also classified as above ↑