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Correlational findings

Study Seidlitz & Diener (1993): study US 1988 /1

Public:
Psychology students, selected for earlier happiness, USA, 198?
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 94
Non Response:
28%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Questionnaire completed in class

Correlate

Authors's label
Current mood
Our Classification
Operationalization
Single direct question, rated on a 11 point scale: "How happy or unhappy do you feel at the present moment?"
10. extremely happy
    (ecstatic, joyous, fantastic)
9.  very happy
    (feeling really good, elated)
8.  pretty happy
    (spirits high, feeling good)
7.  mildly happy
    (feeling fairly good and somewhat
    cheerful)
6.  slightly happy
    (just a bit above neutral)
5.  neutral
    (not particularly happy or unhappy)
4.  slightly unhappy
    (just a bit below neutral)
3.  mildly unhappy
    (just a litle low)
2.  pretty unhappy
    (somewhat "blue", spirits down)
1.  very unhappy
    (depressed, spirits very low)
0.  extremely unhappy
    (utterly depressed, completely     down)

(See Fordyce 1988)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-AOL-g-mq-*-0-a r = +.35 p < .001