Correlational finding on Happiness and Self-perceived ability
Subject code: S02ab01

StudyStapel (1987): study NL 1987
TitleKundigheid en Geluk. (Abilities end Happiness)
SourceUnpublished Paper, N.I.P.O.(Gallup Affiliate), 1987, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Public18+ aged, general public, The Netherlands, 1987
Sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =825

Correlate
Author's labelSpecific abilities
Page in Source 4/7
Our classificationSelf-perceived ability, code S02ab01
Operationalization
Single closed question on 45 specific abilities (from 
arithmetics to swimming): "For all things I'll mention, 
can you tell me to what extent you are able to do 
them?", rated on a 3-point scale ranging from (1) This 
I am able to do really good (2) No, I am not able to do 
this (good), but I would like that I was able to do it 
really good (3) I am not able to do this (good) and I 
am also not interested in it. 
Remarks
The following 11 abilities discriminate most between 
happy and unhappy respondents:

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.27 p < .01
The following 11 abilities discriminate most 
between happy and unhappy respondents:

Interact with people:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.27 p < .01
Interact with people:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.37 p < .01
Organize things:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.37 p < .01
Organize things:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.23 p < .01
Be a leader
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.23 p < .01
Be a leader
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.13 p < .01
Give a speech:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.13 p < .01
Give a speech:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.27 p < .01
Algebra:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.27 p < .01
Algebra:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.30 p < .01
Drive a car:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.30 p < .01
Drive a car:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.27 p < .01
Bookkeeping:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.27 p < .01
Bookkeeping:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.23 p < .01
Play checkers:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.23 p < .01
Play checkers:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.02 ns
Make pictures:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.02 ns
Make pictures:
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.16 p < .01
Skating:


M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG=+.16 p < .01
Skating:


M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG= p < .01
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aG= p < .01


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
M-FH-u-sq-v-3-aSelfreport on single question:

Do you feel.....?
3 happy
2 not very happy
1 unhappy


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
GGOODMAN & Kruskal's GAMMA
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: ordinal, Happinessl: ordinal
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning:
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.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl