Correlational findings

Study Boerefijn & Bergsma (2011): study NL 2009

Students of a happiness course and controls, Netherlands 2009
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 631
Non Response
Questionnaire: Paper & Pencil Interview (PAPI)


Authors's Label
Happiness lessons
Our Classification
Lessons took place in mentor hours. The experimental group received lessons in happiness, The control group followed the regular mentor program, but answered a questionnaire twice. Contents of lessons reported in Boerefijn & Bergsma (2012) Geluk in zes lesen (Happy in six lessons) Chapter 11 in Sturen In geluk; Social en Cultureel Planbureau, 2012, 86 - 91, Den Haag, The Netherlands
6 lessons of each 50 minutes on:
a; What is happiness, How happy are you
b: What do you think that makes you happy
c: Difference between expected and experienced happiness. What makes most people happy?
d: Coping with unhappiness. Optimism exercise
e: Role of social bonds. Kindness exercise
f; Strenghts test, strenght awareness exercise

1: Treated
0: Controls

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks M-FH-cm-sq-n-10-b =               Happiness LEVEL    CHANGE
              T1       T2        T2-T1
Treated       7,34     7,40      +0,07
Control       7,15     7,48      +0,33
-difference                      -0,26
M-FH-cm-sq-n-10-b D%sr = Treated                          +0.8%
Control                          +3,7%
-difference                      -2,9%

T1: first lesson
T2: 12 weeks; 6 weeks after 6 week weekly lessons