Happiness measure, code: A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-t

Selfreport on 6 questions

A Did you smile and laugh a lot yesterday?

Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday?
B How about enjoyment?
C How about worry?
D How about sadness?
E How about depression?
F How about anger?

1 yes
0 no
- no answer, don't know

- Average % positive affect = (A-B)/2
- Average % negative affect = (C-F)/4
- Affect Balance = Average % positive affect - Average % negative affect

These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.
Focus, A-AB Affect Affect Balance (various)
Time frame, yd yesterday
Mode, mq multiple questions
Scale type, v verbal scale Range = 2
Used in studies
ReferenceDiener et al. (2012a): study ZZ World samples 2005
TitleRising Income and the Subjective Well-Being of Nations.
Public15+ aged general public, 135 nation followed at least 3 years, 2005-2011
Findingsdistributional: yes, correlational: yes