Happiness Measures

Measures of Happiness: A-AOL-g-rdp-v-10-a


Affect: Average Overall Level (A-AOL)
Time frame:
generally (g)
rating by peers (rdp)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:


Peer rating using single question:

Use the list below to answer the following question: IN GENERAL, HOW HAPPY OR UNHAPPY DOES X USUALLY FEEL? Check the one statement that best describes his/her average happiness.
10  extremely happy (feeling ecstatic, joyous, fantastic!)
9    very happy (feeling really good and elated!)
8    pretty happy (spirits high, feeling good)
7    mildly happy (feeling fairly good and somewhat cheerful)
6    slightly happy ( just a bit above neutral)
5    slightly unhappy (just a bit below neutral)
4    mildly unhappy (just a bit low)
3    pretty unhappy (somewhat "blue", spirits down)
2    very unhappy ( depressed, spirits very low)
1    extremely unhappy (utterly depressed, completely down)

Name: Fordyce's overall happiness item, peer rating version

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Mean
Standard Deviation
Magnus & Diener (1991): study US 1986 University students, USA, followed 4 years 1986-1990 N =