Happiness Measures


Mixed: Affect + Contentment + Overall (M-ACO)
Time frame:
various time frames (*)
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
Different rating scales combined (*)
Scale Range:


Selfreport on 9 questions:

A: Taking everything into account about what has happened in the last year and what you expect in the near future, how do you feel about your life in general?
    7  delighted
    6  pleased
    5  mostly satisfied
    4  equally satisfied as dissatisfied
    3  mostly dissatisfied
    2  unhappy
    1  terrible
    Name: Delighted-Terrible Scale (Andrews & Withey 1978)

B: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the  bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?   
     10   best possible life
      0    worst possible life
    Name: Cantril (1965) Ladder Scale

C:   present life rated on scale 1-7        
    Ca .Enjoyable vs miserable
    Cb  Full vs empty
    Cc .Rewarding vs disappointing
    Cd  Brings out the best of me vs does not give me much change
    Ce  Interesting vs boring
    Cf   Hopeful vs discouraging
    Cg  Friendly vs lonely
    Ch  Worthwhile vs useless
    Name: Index of General Affect (Campbell et al 1976)

Computation: A+B+C