Happiness Measures

Measures of Happiness: A-ARE-mp-sqr-ol-7-b


Affect: Average Repeated Overall Estimate (A-ARE)
Time frame:
last part of day (mp)
1 question, repeated (sqr)
Scale Type:
open line scale (ol)
Scale Range:


Self report on single question, repeated 3 times a day during 5 weeks (experience sampling).

"Consider the extreme of depression to be the most depressed state that you have ever experienced, and the extreme of cheerfulness to be the most cheerful state that you have ever experienced. Draw a line across the base line of the scale at a point which indicates your present mood in relation to these extremes."

depressed  -------------------------------------------- cheerful (total: 86 mm)

Scoring: The recorded judgments were read in centimeters, using the midpoint of each line as the point of reference. Judgments of cheerfulness were considered plus, those of depression minus.

Summation: average

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Mean
Standard Deviation
Dysinger (1938): study US 1936 University students, psychology undergraduates, USA, 193? N = 24