Findings on happiness in Vitterso et al. (2009): study NO 2005

Author(s)Vitterso, J.; Oelmann, H.I.; Wang, A.L.
TitleLife Satisfaction is not a Balanced Estimator of the Good Life: Evidence from Reaction Time Measures and Self-Reported Emotions.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2009, Vol. 10, 1 - 17
PublicStudents and technical staff university, Norway, 2005
 Music students, psychology students and technical staff. There are 18 females (60%) in the sample. All participants were selected within the age range 18-50 years.
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
 Participants were recruited from the University of Tromso in Norway.
Respondents N =30
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: computer assisted (CAPI)
 The study was conducted in a quiet room, containing a chair and a table with a computerscreen and a keyboard. Participants were taken to the room one by one, and told that the study was about happiness and quality of life, and that they had to answer some questions and conduct some tasks, all of which would be done in front of the computerscreen. The program first asked about background information (age, gender and whether the participants were right handed or left handed). Next the participants answered a series of commonly used subjective well-being questions, such as the Satisfaction With Life Scale and a one item happiness question, and a series of positive emotion and negative emotion items. Participants gave their answers by pressing the number keys on the keyboard as each item was presented on the screen. Finally participants did several recognition tasks.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, would you say that you are: 1 very unhappy 2 unhappy 3 happy 4 very happy
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication8
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.67

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Engagement as trait emotionP05bsInvolved
Life satisfactionL04ahHappiness inventories involving unacceptable items
Personal growthP03abCurrent stage of development
Personal growthP05bqInterested, also classified as above ↑
Personal growthP05bsInvolved, also classified as above ↑
Personal growthP05crSelf-actualization (need for), also classified as above ↑
Pleasure as trait emotionP05bgHappy
Pleasure as trait emotionH07aa04eO-HL by M-ACO, also classified as above ↑
Recognition of happy/sad facesI03ac01Emotion recognition
Recognition of happy/sad facesP05bgHappy, also classified as above ↑
Recognition of happy/sad facesP05ciPositive reacting, also classified as above ↑