Correlational findings

Study Wessman & Ricks (1966): study US 1957 /1

Male college students, followed 3 years, Harvard University, USA, 1957-60
N =
Non Response
37%: 9 dropouts, incomplete; about the same happiness distribution.
Multiple assesment methods
Mood diary kept 30 days and repeated interviews and tests during three years.


Authors's Label
Valuation of happiness
Our Classification
Scale, containing agree / disagree statements.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-ARE-md-sqr-v-10-a r = +.48 p < .05 The happier men were more likely to agree with such statements as: 'Happiness is one of the pri- mary goals of life' and 'Find me a truly happy man and I'll show you a man who is mature and creative'.
The less happy tended to agree with statements to the effect: 'Only cows are contented', 'Most people who say they are happy close their eyes to the sufferings of the world', and 'I don't want to be happy: I want to be utterly alive'.