Findings on happiness in Helliwell et al. (2016): study ZZ 2012

Author(s)Helliwell, J.F.; Huang, H.; Wang, S.
TitleThe Distribution of World Happiness.
SourceWorld Happiness Report, 2016, Vol.1, 8 - 48
Public15+ aged, general public, 156 nations, 2005-2015
Last assesment2015
Survey nameGallupWorldPoll2016
SampleProbability area sample
Respondents N =1560000
 156 countries included over a 10 year period (2005-2015). About 1000 respondents per country per year
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? 10 best possible 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Author's labelCantril ladder
Page in publication14
RemarksWorld as a whole.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.242.24

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Freedom to make life choicesN02ab01bAverage perceived freedom
Healthy life expectancy at birthN09ab01acLife-expectancy in the nation
Log GDP per CapitaN04ab01cGross National Product
Perceptions of corruptionN08ab01Corruption
Social supportS10ac02Perceived availability of social support
Summed determinantsS15aeSummed effects of current societal conditions (macro level)