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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

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

Description

Self report on 10 questions:

Please think lf yesterday. Could you tell me if you experienced the following feelings and emotions yesterday?
A  Excitement
B  Joy
C  Love
D  Proud of your goals
E  Appreciated
F  Sad
G  Distress, anxious
H  Angry
I    Physical pain or exhaustion
J  Bored

Rated:
1  yes
0  no

Computation: (A+B+C+D+E)- (F:G+H+I+J)
Computation:
- Average % positive affect = (A++B+C+D+E)/5
- Average % negative affect = (F+G+H+I+J)/5
- 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.