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 respectedN14ab07adAttitudes to treatment of children in nation
CorruptionN07ab01Corruption in nation
CorruptionN07ab01aPerceived corruption in nation, also classified as above ↑
Count on othersN14ab03cSocial cohesion in nation
Count on othersN02ab01dTrust in nation, also classified as above ↑
Environment preservedN05ac01Satisfaction with environmental protection
FreedomN14ab01Freedom in nations
FreedomN02ab01bPerceived freedom in nation, also classified as above ↑
GDPN04ab01cGross National Product
GINI Annual IncomeN14ab02dIncome inequality in nation
GINI Life SatisfactionN09ab01gInequality of apparent livability in nation
GINI Life SatisfactionH05abInequality of happiness in nations, also classified as above ↑
Good air qualityN05ac02aSatisfaction with air quality
Good water qualityN05ac02bSatisfaction with water quality
Have computerN04ac04fPC ownnership in nation
Have electricityN04ac04cElectricity supply in nation
Have internetN02ab03aInternet connections in nation
Have televisionN02ab03Mass media in nation
Health problemsN09ab01baPhysical health in nation
Honest electionsN12ac03Satisfaction with government in nation
Honest electionsN02ac01Satisfaction with moral climate , also classified as above ↑
HungryN04ac02bMalnutrition in nation
HungryN08ab02bNutrition in nation, also classified as above ↑
Immigrants treated wellN14ab07bPerceived treatment of migrants in nation
Life expectancyN09ab01bcLife-expectancy in the nation
No foodN04ac02bMalnutrition in nation
No foodN08ab02bNutrition in nation, also classified as above ↑
No shelterN04ac02aHomelessness in nation