Correlational finding on Happiness and Laughing often
Subject code: E05ab01b

StudyNoelle-Neumann (1977a): study XZ Germany West 1973 /1
TitlePolitik und Glück. (Politics and Happiness).
SourceBaier, H.;Ed.: "Freiheit und Sachzwang", West Deutscher Verlag, 1977, Opladen, Germany, 208 - 262
Public16+ aged, general public, West-Germany, 1973
Respondents N =2035

Author's labelFrequency of laughing
Page in Source 227
Our classificationLaughing often, code E05ab01b
Single direct question:
How long ago have you really laughed?
3 yesterday;
2 in the past two weeks or
1 longer ago?

Observed Relation with Happiness
A-CA-mh-ri-v-2-aG=+.30 p < .01
Comparison categories of more and less cheerful 
looking subjects stratified by sex, age and 

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-CA-mh-ri-v-2-aInterviewer-rating of cheerful appearance on 8 aspects

A The look is
2) open
1) evasive
- impossible to say
B The corners of the mouth turn
2) up
1) down
- impossible to say
C The posture is
2) relaxed, at ease
1) rather tense
- impossible to say
D The movements are
2) relaxed, at ease
1) limited, withdrawn
- impossible to say
E The eyes are
2) big, open
1) small, screw up
- impossible to say
F The elbows are kept
2) not close to the body
1) close to the body
- impossible to say
G The lips are more
2) broad, full
1) thin, pent up
- impossible to say
H All in all the subject looks
2) quite cheerful
1) not very cheerful
- difficult to say

Scoring: sum of aspect ratings

Name: `Allensbacher Ausdruckstest'

Appendix 2: Statistics used
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: ordinal, Happinessl: ordinal
Range: [-1; +1]

G = 0 « no rank correlation
G = +1 « strongest possible rank correlation, where high correlate values correspond to high happiness ratings.
G = -1 « strongest possible rank correlation, where high correlate values correspond with low happiness ratings.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.