Findings on happiness in Gschwandtner et al. (2015): study GB 2012

Author(s)Gschwandtner, A.; Jewell, S.; Kambhampati, U
TitleOn the Relationship between Lifestyle and Happiness in the UK.
SourcePaper for 89th Annual Conference of AES, 2015, 1 - 33, Warwick, England
Public16+ aged, general public UK, 2012
 The data for this study are from the wave 2 and wave 5
Survey nameUK-BHPS combined waves
 wave 2 and 'Understanding Society Survey'
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =31946
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Interviews and self completion form
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport onsingle question: How dissatisfied or satisfied are you with your life as a wholel? 1 not satisfied at all 2 3 4 5 6 7 completely satisfied
Author's labellife satisfaction
Page in publication11
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation145.00241.67

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Age of youngest childC04ab01Age of children
Age of youngest childH20ab02Living with children, also classified as above ↑
Average daily portions of fruits and vegetablesH12ab01Healthy eating
Average daily portions of fruits and vegetablesN15ab04What one eats, also classified as above ↑
Days walk 30 mins per weekS12ab01aActive involvement in sports
Days walk 30 mins per weekA02ac12Sporting, also classified as above ↑
Ease of access to sports facilitiesS12ab04aAccess to sports facilities
Ease of access to sports facilitiesL12ab04akSports facilities in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
EthnicityE04ab03cEthnic status in Britain
Household incomeI01ab03Household income
Job statusE02abCurrent employment status
Job statusR14abCurrent status: retired or not, also classified as above ↑
Job statusE02ab01Full-time home maker, also classified as above ↑
Job statusE02ad01Full-time vs part-time, also classified as above ↑
Job statusE02ab03Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
Job statusE02ab02Unfit for work, also classified as above ↑
Life styleL09abCurrent life-style
Life styleS15ab06Socio-demographic + life style, also classified as above ↑
Male/femaleG01aaSex (male vs female)
Marital statusH20ab01Living alone or not
Marital statusM02aa01Married vs never married, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02ab01fVs co-habiting, also classified as above ↑
Parents occupationF01ab02bNo living parents
Parents occupationF01agSocio-economic background (earlier for adults, current for young), also classified as above ↑
Single parent familyF02ab01Single parent
SmokingS13ab08Use of tobacco
SmokingS13aaUser career, also classified as above ↑
Sports activityS12ab01aActive involvement in sports