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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-db
Focus:
Affect: Affect Balance (Various) (A-AB)
Time frame:
yesterday (yd)
Mode:
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:
2

Description

Selfreport on 4 questions:

Did you experience the following feeling during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday?
A  enjoyment
B  happiness
C  stress
D  worry

Rated: : 0: no 1: yes

Computation:
- Average % positive affect = (A+B)/2
- Average % negative affect = (C+D)/2
- 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.