Correlational findings

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

Male college students, followed 3 years, Harvard University, USA, 1957-60
N = 17
Non Response:
37%: 9 dropouts, incomplete; about the same happiness distribution.
Multiple 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'.