Findings on happiness in Nawijn et al. (2010): study NL 2006

Publication
Author(s)Nawijn, J.; Marchand, M.A.; Veenhoven, R.; Vingerhoets, A.J.
TitleVacationers Happier, but Most not Happier after a Holiday.
SourceApplied Research in Quality of Life, 2010, Vol. 5, 35 - 47
DOIDOI:10,1007/s11482-009-9091-9
Investigation
Public16+ aged, general public, Netherlands, followed 21 weeks, 2006
 Mean age 50
 T1: week 11 (March) T2: week 19 (May) T3: week 27 (July) T4: week 35 (September) T5: week 43 (November)
Survey nameNot available
 CentER panel
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =1530
Non Response470
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
 Completed every 8 weeks
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on 3 questions: Over the last time A I felt blue B I felt unhappy C I enjoyed my daily activities Rated: 1 never 2 seldom 3 now and then 4 very often 5 always Computation: (A+B)2 - C
ClassificationA-AB-cm-mq-v-5-c
Author's labelAffect balance
RemarksSs answered questions every 2 months on how happy they had felt T1: week 11 (March) T2: week 19 (May) T3: week 27 (July) T4: week 35 (September) T5: week 43 (November) Non-vacationers: T1: M = 2.04, SD = 1.43 T2: M = 2.01, SD = 1.42 T3: M = 2.04, SD = 1.46 T4: M = 2.00, SD = 1.44 T5: M = 2.02, SD = 1.44 Vacationers: T1: M = 2.26, SD = 1.20 T2: M = 2.26, SD = 1.21 T3: M = 2.29, SD = 1.20 T4: M = 2.35, SD = 1.20 T5: M = 2.21, SD = 1.31
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range -4 - 4On range 0 - 10
Mean2.11
Standard deviation1.36


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Holiday qualityL03ad03bSatisfaction with leisure activities
VacationingL03ac02kTraveling