Correlational findings

Study Wessman (1956): study US 1946

21+ aged, general public, USA, 1946
Survey name:
Gallup poll
N = 2377
Non Response:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview


Authors's label
Perceived major factor in people's happiness
Our Classification
Open-ended question: "What one thing would you say makes people happy more than anything else?"
0: Not mentioned
1: Mentioned

a. Marriage, family, children, having happy home life
b. Understanding people, making other people happy, being unselfisch
c. Contented, being adjusted to one's surroundings, freedom from worry
d. Health
e. Money, having enough to get along on
f. Getting along with people, congeniality good friends
g. Success in chosen work, achievement security
h. Religion, obeying God's will
i. Love, affection
j. Having fun, enjoyment
k. No opinion

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = +.10 ns a: Marriage O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = +.20 p < .01 b: Doing good O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.00 ns c: Contentment O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.11 p < .05 d: Health O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.41 p < .01 e Money O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = +.11 ns f: Friends O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.03 ns g Success O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = +.25 p < .01 h: Religion O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = +.10 ns i: Love O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.24 ns j: Fun O-HL-g-sq-v-4-b G = -.21 p < .05 k: No opinion