Findings on happiness in Sheldon & Lyubomirsky (2006a): study US 2001

Publication
Author(s)Sheldon, K.M.; Lyubomirsky, S.
TitleAchieving Sustainable Gains in Happiness: Change Your Actions not Your Circumstances.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2006, Vol.7, 55 - 86
DOIDOI:10.1007/s10902-005-0868-8
Investigation
PublicPsychology students, USA, followed 12 weeks, 200?
 Year of data gathering not reported T1: at start of semester, T2: 6 weeks later, T3: 12 weeks later
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 Students of a psychology class
Respondents N =669
 420 female, 249 male
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 25 questions A 20-item PANAS To what extend do you feel this way right now in your life? Aa nervous Ab distressed Ac afraid Ad jittery Ae irritable Af upset Ag scared Ah exiled Ai ashamed Aj guilty Ak hostile Al active Am determined An inspired Ao enthusiastic Ap alert Aq attentive Ar proud As strong At interested B 5-item Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener) Ba In most ways my life is close to ideal Bb The conditions of my life are excellent Bc I am satisfied with my life Bd So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life Be If I could live my life over, I would change nothing Answer options: 1 not at all 2 a little 3 moderately 4 quite a bit 5 very much Computation: (Aa +..Ak) - (Al+.. At) + (Ba+ …Be)
ClassificationM-AO-m-mq-v-5-a
Author's labelSWB
Page in publication68
RemarksMean computed by averaging happiness assessed at T1, T2 and T3
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Mean0.01
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Activity changeA02aa02Change in activity pattern
change in wellbeingH04aa01aIn recent past
circumstantial changeL05ab01Overall degree of life-change