Findings on happiness in Diener & Tay (2015): study ZZ 2005 /1

Author(s)Diener, E.; Tay, L.
TitleSubjective Well-Being and Human Welfare Around the World as Reflected in the Gallup World Poll.
SourceInternational Journal of Psychology, 2015, Vol. 50, 135 - 149
DOIDOI: 10.1002/ijop.12136
Public15+ aged, general public, 164 nations, 2005-2013
Collect period2005
Last collect period2013
Survey nameGallup World Poll 2005-2013
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =1229431
 Samples from 2005-2013 including 164 nations
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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 labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication138
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Annual incomeN04ab01dAverage income in nation
Children respectedN14ab06adAttitudes to treatment of children
CorruptionN08ab01aPerceived corruption, also classified as above ↑
Count on othersN02ab01cAverage trust
Count on othersN14ab03cSocial cohesion in nation, also classified as above ↑
Environment preservedN05ac01Satisfaction with environmental protection
FreedomN02ab01bAverage perceived freedom
FreedomN14ab02Freedom in nations, also classified as above ↑
GDPN04ab01cGross National Product
GINI Annual IncomeN14ab01dIncome inequality
GINI Life SatisfactionN09ab01eInequality in apparent livability
GINI Life SatisfactionH05abInequality of happiness in nations, also classified as above ↑
Good air qualityN05ac02aSatisfaction with air quality
Good water qualityN05ac02bSatisfaction with water quality
Have computerN04ac02ePC ownnership in nation
Have electricityN04ac02bElectricity supply in nation
Have internetN02ab03aInternet connections
Have televisionN02ab03Mass media
Health problemsN09ab01aaPrevalence of physical illness
Honest electionsN12ac03Satisfaction with government
Honest electionsN02ac01Satisfaction with moral climate , also classified as above ↑
HungryN04ac03bMalnutrition in nation
HungryN07ab01bNutrition in nation, also classified as above ↑
Immigrants treated wellN14ab06bPerceived treatment of migrants
Life expectancyN09ab01acLife-expectancy in the nation
No foodN04ac03bMalnutrition in nation
No foodN07ab01bNutrition in nation, also classified as above ↑
No shelterN04ac03aHomelessness in nation