Findings on happiness in Robinson & Martin (2008): study US 1972 /1

Author(s)Robinson, J.P.; Martin, S.
TitleWhat Do Happy People Do?
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2008, Vol. 89, 565 - 571
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1972-2006
Last assesment2006
Survey nameUS-GSS 1972-2006
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =5005
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication566,569,570
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Frequency of newspaper daysL03ac02hReading
Frequency of newspaper daysA02ac06Reading, also classified as above ↑
Frequency of sexS03ab01Sexual activity
Frequency of visiting a barL03ac02bEating/drinking out
Frequency of visiting a barA02ac10Socializing, also classified as above ↑
Frequency of visiting religious servicesR12ad02Participation in church
Internet hours per weekI04ab03aTime on internet
Internet hours per weekT01ad04Time spend on internet, also classified as above ↑
Rushed to do thingsH15ab03Current stress
Rushed to do thingsT01ab03Perceived time-pressure, also classified as above ↑
Socialize with friendsA02ac10Socializing
Socialize with friendsF06ac06Visits to friends, also classified as above ↑
Socialize with neigborsL17ab01cSocial contacts in vinicity
Socialize with neigborsA02ac10Socializing, also classified as above ↑
Socialize with relativesF03ab02Contacts with relatives
Socialize with relativesI07ab03Frequency of intimate contacts, also classified as above ↑
Socialize with relativesA02ac10Socializing, also classified as above ↑
Time on handsA08ab02Attitudes to one self
Time on handsT01ab06Perceived control over ones time, also classified as above ↑
TV hours/dayL03ac02lTv watching, radio listening
TV hours/dayA02ac13TV watching, radio listening, also classified as above ↑
Work hours per weekE02ad02Hours work
Work hours per weekA02ac15Working, also classified as above ↑
Work%E02abCurrent employment status