Correlational finding on Happiness and Interesting (vs boring)
Subject code: L04ac01j

StudyAllardt (1973): study DK 1972
TitleAbout Dimensions of Welfare: An Explanatory Analysis of a Comperative Scandinavian Survey.
SourceResearch Reports, Nr.1, Research Group for Comparative Sociology, University of Helsinki, 1973, Finland
URLHTTP://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl/hap_bib/freetexts/allardt_e_1973.pdf
Public15-64 aged, general public, Denmark, 1972
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =1000

Correlate
Author's labelInteresting life
Our classificationInteresting (vs boring), code L04ac01j
Operationalization
Question if respondent feels his life is interesting. 
4-point scale ranging from "very interesting" to "very 
dull"

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-arpc=+.52
Controlled for:Income, density of housing, 
education, social status, chronic illness, 
anxiety, frequency of meetings with relatives, 
number of friends, opportunities to make personal 
contacts, possibilities to decide on matters 
concerning one's own personal life, number of 
memberships in clubs and associations, easyness of 
life, loneliness, feelings of being liked, feeling 
of being able to use knowledge and skills, feeling 
of chance to succeed, gets sufficient attention, 
satisfaction with income, age, gender, no. of 
communities in which lived.


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-aSelfreport on single question:

Do you feel your life at present is.....?
4 very happy
3 quite happy
2 quite unhappy
1 very unhappy


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
rpcPARTIAL CORRELATION COEFFICIENT
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning: a partial correlation between happiness and one of the correlates is that correlation, which remains after accounting for the contribution of the other influences, or some of them, to the total variability in the happiness scores.
Under that conditions
rpc > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds with a higher happiness rating,
rpc < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds with a lower happiness rating,
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl