Happiness Measures

Measures of Happiness: A-Sum-g-mq-*-111-b


Affect: Summed appraisals (A-Sum)
Time frame:
generally (g)
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
Different rating scales combined (*)
Scale Range:


Self report on two questions:

Use the list below to answer the following question: IN GENERAL, HOW HAPPY OR UNHAPPY DO YOU USUALLY FEEL? Check the one statement that best describes your 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)

Consider your emotions a moment further. On the average, what percentage of the time do you feel Happy? What percent of the time do you feel unhappy? What percent of the time do you feel neutral (neither happy nor unhappy)? Write down your best estimate, as well as you can, in the space below. Make sure the figures add-up to equal 100%
The percent of time I felt happy       _____%
The percent of time I felt unhappy   _____%
The percent of time I felt neutral      _____%

Summation: (A .100)+(B % happy)/2

Name: Fordyce's 'Happiness measure'

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Mean
Standard Deviation
Weiss et al. (1999): study US 1996 Managers, United States, followed 16 working days, 1996 N = 64
= 66.380
= 15.530