Correlational findings

Study Veenhoven (1996c): study ZZ 1990

Adults, general public, 48 nations, around 1990
N = 75000
Non Response:
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's label
Membership of societies
Our Classification
  • NATION: SOCIETY Current societal characteristics of nation Intimate ralations in nation Social cohesion in nation
Average response to survey question:
 Which, if any of the following voluntary organisations and activities do you belong to?
 - social welfare services for elderly, handicapped or deprived people
 - religious or church organaisations
 - trade unions
 - political parties of groups
 - local community action on issues like poverty, employment, housing, racial equality
 - third world development or human rights
 - conservation, environment, ecology
 - professional associations
 - youth work (e.g. scouts, guides)
 - sports or recreation
 - women's groups
 - peace movement
 - animal rights
 - voluntary organisations on health
 - other groups,
 0: not mentioned
 1: mentioned

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks Y-LH-l-sq-nt-100-a r = +.53 Happy Life Years by Membership of societiesin 34 nations Y-LH-l-sq-nt-100-a rpc = +.22 rpc controlled for buying power per capita